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Welcome to the Evanston History Center online store. This page contains books, posters, ornaments, and other memorabilia. Some items can be purchased online, while others you’ll need to purchase by calling the Evanston History Center. A credit card payment will be collected when you call to place your order.

Items purchased online will be delivered to your house directly from Lulu.com. Items purchased via phone will be set out on the side porch of the Evanston History Center for contactless pickup. A time for pickup will be established when you make your phone order.

To place an order call us at 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

All proceeds from sales benefit the Evanston History Center, a non-profit organization. Questions? Contact Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

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Books


The Takeover 1968: Student Protest, Campus Politics, and Black Student Activism at Northwestern University

by Jenny Thompson, Director of Education, Evanston History Center
Published by the Evanston History Center Press. (506 pages, Illus.)

Click here to purchase The Takeover 1968 (Paperback), $25, plus shipping

Click here to purchase The Takeover 1968 (Ebook), $7.99

Summary:
On May 3, 1968, a group of Black students at Northwestern University made headlines when they occupied the university’s main financial building and announced that they would not leave until their demands were met. Their demands, submitted to university officials in April 1968, focused on a range of issues, from campus conditions to the racism they faced at Northwestern. Over the course of two momentous days, the whole world watched as events on the campus unfolded. Drawing from archival sources and interviews with some of the takeover’s key players, the book pieces together the events of May 1968 as they unfolded; it also takes a broader view, stepping back from those two crucial days to examine what led to the takeover and what transpired in its aftermath.

Read more about The Takeover

A Journal of the Great War

by Charles Gates Dawes
Published by Evanston History Center Press
New Edition, 2016.
508 pages, Illus.

Click here to purchase A Journal of the Great War (Paperback), $25 plus shipping

Summary:
A new critical edition of Charles Gates Dawes’ A Journal of The Great War, edited by Jenny Thompson, with two new essays that explore the broader story of Dawes’ war experience. First published in 1921, A Journal of the Great War provides a fascinating glimpse into the challenges faced by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during the United States’ 18-month involvement in World War I. During the war, Dawes served as General Purchasing Agent for the AEF and also as a confidant to General Pershing. His journal, written while he was stationed in France from August 1917 to July 1919, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles and political maneuvering that took place among American and European political and military leaders as they sought to fight the war as an allied force. Part document of life in wartime France, part war diary, and part mentation on the means of exercising power, Dawes’ journal is a unique contribution to the literature of World War I. Includes photographs.

Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History

by Margery Blair Perkins
Published by the Evanston History Center Press
New Edition, 2013.
217 pages, Illus.

Click here to purchase Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History (Paperback), $35 plus shipping

Summary:
Local historian Margery Blair Perkins (1907-1981) provides a detailed narrative charting the growth and development of the North Shore city of Evanston, Illinois, a place boasting a rich and multi-layered history. Perkins brings the city’s past to life through stories of its residents, architecture, and growth over the years. She charts the development of the city from its earliest days when it was known as the settlement of Grosse Pointe and later Ridgeville to its modern manifestation as a bustling city just outside of Chicago. Within a larger historical narrative, Perkins provides biographies of noted residents as she documents the evolution of the city’s organizations, cultural life, and institutions, such as Northwestern University.

A Classic Town: The Story of Evanston

by Frances E. Willard
Published by Evanston History Center Press
New Edition, 2014.
328 pages, Illus.

Click here to purchase A Classic Town: The Story of Evanston (Paperback), $20 plus shipping

Summary:
First published in 1891, Frances E. Willard’s A Classic Town, chronicles the history of Evanston, Illinois, a town that lies at the edge of Chicago and serves as the home of Northwestern University. Willard’s volume is early local history at its best, combining oral history, biography, and political and cultural history. Willard’s book offers a glimpse into an American Midwestern town on the verge of the 20th century. This new volume faithfully reproduces Willard’s original text and images, and also includes notes and a new introduction by Jenny Thompson.

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The Life of a Famous House

by Jenny Thompson
Published by Evanston History Center Press
44 pages, Illus.

Click here to purchase A Life of a Famous House (Paperback), $10 plus shipping

Summary:
A brief, illustrated look at the National Historic Landmark, Charles Gates Dawes House in Evanston, Il. The booklet tells the story of the famous home of U.S. Vice President, Charles Gates Dawes, and family. Originally built by the Reverend Robert Sheppard, a notable Evanston resident, pastor, and professor at Northwestern University, the house is now the headquarters of the Evanston History Center, a non-profit organization.

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Charles Gates Dawes: A Life

by Annette B. Dunlap
Published by Northwestern University Press and Evanston History Center Press, 2016
352 pages, Illus.

Click here to purchase Charles Gates Dawes: A Life (Cloth), $40 plus shipping

Click here to purchase Charles Gates Dawes: A Life (Paperback and Ebook), $24.95 plus shipping

Summary:
Charles Gates Dawes: A Life is the first comprehensive biography of an American in whose fascinating story contemporary readers can follow the struggles and triumphs of early twentieth-century America and Europe.

Dawes is most known today as vice president of the United States under Calvin Coolidge, but he also distinguished himself and his hometown of Evanston, Illinois, on the world stage with the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize. This engrossing biography traces how, when the punitive armistice that ended the First World War resulted in a disabled, restive Germany, Dawes’s diplomatic legerdemain averted war through a renegotiation of Germany’s debt repayments.

Dawes’s diplomatic and political achievements, however, were only the illustrious capstones to a multifaceted career that included military service, law, finance, and business on the local, state, national, and global stages. In every arena of his life, he combined the social graces of the Gilded Age with the spirit of service of the Progressive Era.

Despite his life of disciplined service, Dawes was an ebullient and irrepressible figure. Dawes’s salty language was often colorful fodder for tabloid and magazine writers of his era. In this captivating biography, Annette B. Dunlap recounts the story of an original American who enlightened and enlivened his world.

About the Author: ANNETTE B. DUNLAP is the author of Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First Lady and The Gambler’s Daughter: A Personal and Social History.

At Home in Evanston: The Charles Gates Dawes House, The Compelling Story of a National Historic Landmark and the People Who Lived There

Contributing authors include: Harry Binford, Richard Guy Wilson, Sigrid Pohl Perry, and Mark Burnette.
Paperback, $20

To purchase call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.
Credit card payment only, contactless pickup available.

Summary:
A wonderful compilation of essays and rare historic photographs of the house and the families who lived here. Contributing authors include Harry Binford, Richard Guy Wilson, Sigrid Pohl Perry, and Mark Burnette. Topics include the architecture, the people, and the context of Evanston history.

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Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places

Authors: Stuart Cohen, Kris Hartzell, Heidrun Hoppe, Laura Saviano, Jack Weiss
Published by Design Evanston
185 pages, Illus.
Hardcover, $25
Paperback, $15

To purchase call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.
Credit card payment only, contactless pickup available.

Summary:
Published on the occasion of Evanston’s Sesquicentennial in 2013. Each page is a photograph of a notable Evanston building from 1845 to the present, along with an informational essay. Also includes appendices of related stories and four tour maps.

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Evanston’s Design Heritage: Architects, Designers, & Planners

Authors: Stuart Cohen, Kris Hartzell, Tom Hofmaier, Heidrun Hoppe, Laura Saviano, Robert Teska, Jack Weiss
Published by Design Evanston
212 pages, Illus.
Hardcover, $25
Paperback, $15

To purchase call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.
Credit card payment only, contactless pickup available.

Summary:
New publication that profiles 127 of Evanston’s notable architects, designers, landscape architects, and planners who have lived and worked in Evanston, with an introduction by public TV personality Geoffrey Baer.


Walter Burt Adams Booklets

2 Booklets: Walter Burt Adams and Walter Burt Adams Revisited
$3.00 each

To purchase call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.
Credit card payment only, contactless pickup available.

Summary:
Evanston Artist Walter Burt Adams painted many iconic paintings of Evanston, including his best-known work of Fountain Square in 1946. Learn more about his story with these informational booklets. Combine a couple of his posters and these booklets into a package gift. 

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Posters and Prints


Vintage Style Exhibit Poster on Lucy Fitch Perkins

Vintage exhibit poster from 1984
16″ x 20″ on heavy paper
$5

To purchase call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.
Credit card payment only, contactless pickup available.

Summary:
Evanstonian Lucy Fitch Perkins was a noted illustrator and muralist, and author, in addition to being the wife of Prairie School architect Dwight Perkins. She published a series of children’s books, the Twins series, in the early 1900s. This exhibit poster from 1984 has a wonderful vintage look.

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Walter Burt Adams Posters

Fountain Square Poster, by Walter Burt Adams
24″ x 23″
$5.00

“Farewell to Evanston,” Willard House and Chase Bank Building Poster
30″ x 24″
$5.00

To purchase call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.
Credit card payment only, contactless pickup available.

Summary:
Evanston Artist Walter Burt Adams painted many iconic paintings of Evanston, including his best-known work of Fountain Square in 1946. Learn more about his story with these informational booklets. Combine a couple of his posters and the Walter Burt Adams booklets into a package gift. 


Limited supply of Artist Ron Crawford Prints

Ron Crawford prints from the 1970s
11″ x 14″ on heavy paper (library prints 10″ x 12″)
$10 each

To purchase call 847-475-3410 or email Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org.
Credit card payment only, contactless pickup available.

Summary:
Sites on prints include: McGaw YMCA, Bennison’s Bakery, Northwestern University’s Willard Hall, Evanston Township High School, Dempster Street El Station, Italianate House on Elmwood Avenue, a portfolio of scenes from the present Evanston Public Library building (not pictured) and two buildings since demolished: Coronet Theater on Chicago Avenue and Dave’s Italian Kitchen on Church Street.