Come visit EHC at the National Historic Landmark Dawes House.

Take a docent led tour of the house, view our permanent exhibit on Evanston history and one of our many changing exhibits.


Our mission is to collect, preserve and share all of Evanston's history.

Explore this history by visiting our research room and archive, learning more about our collections, or viewing our online galleries and research resources.


Join us for one of our many programs and events or host your holiday event at the Dawes House. The Dawes House makes a wonderful venue for holiday parties!

From the Under the Buffalo lecture series, to the Mother's Day House Walk, Ice Cream Social and Holiday Open House, EHC offers many ways for you to connect and learn.

View Toward the Future: The Capital Campaign

History is alive at the Dawes House. Each year, thousands come to explore the questions history provokes, feel the excitement of discovery, and experience the thrill of examining artifacts and reading directly from original documents.

All of us who care about preserving Evanston’s history have the opportunity to safeguard one of our most visible and important artifacts, the Dawes House. The Capital Campaign will ensure that, with your help.

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The Year of Dawes!

The Year of Dawes! The Evanston History Center has officially launched the “Year of Dawes.” Join us for a series of events in (and out of) the lakefront mansion that Charles Dawes and family called home for nearly half a century. Through the doors of the Dawes House once passed royalty, movie stars, and political powerhouses. Today, the doors are open to everyone thanks to the fact that Charles Dawes donated his house so that future generations could see a way of life that belongs to the now vanished 20th century.

The Evanston History Center celebrates Charles Dawes’ 150th birthday and the “Year of Dawes,” a yearlong series of programs, publications, and exhibits designed to reexamine the life and career of one of Evanston’s most famous citizens. Click here for the full story.

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Host Your Holiday Event at the Dawes House

The Dawes House makes a wonderful venue for holiday parties! The house will be decorated for the holidays fromDecember 1st to January 3rd. Many dates are still available; to plan your event please contact Kris Hartzell.

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Open House Chicago Recap

The Evanston History Center was proud to participate in bringing the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual festival of great architecture, Open House Chicago, to Evanston this year. For the first time in its five-year history, OHC included an area outside the Chicago city limits, and that destination was Evanston. The Evanston History Center joined thirteen other…

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Open House Chicago

The Evanston History Center is proud to participate in Open House Chicago as it includes Evanston in its celebration of remarkable architecture. The Dawes House will be free and open to the publicon Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Be sure to visit all fourteen notable buildings in…

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Charles Gates Dawes is mentioned in this August 27, 2015 New York Times article about Warren G. Harding, fitting to see him mentioned on his birthday! Check out the article by clicking here.  

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Upcoming Events

November  2015
  • Under the Buffalo Presentation: "Getting Started in Genealogy"
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 5, 2015 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL 60201, United States
    Description: “Getting Started in Genealogy”
    Grace DuMelle
    Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7PM at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St.
    Doors open at 6:30PM with a wine and appetizer reception.

    The Dawes family was known for its fascination with genealogy, from tracing its roots to William Dawes (who rode with Paul Revere) to chronicling various branches of the family tree. They were hot on the genealogical trail long before the celebrity genealogy shows became popular! In this presentation, award-winning author and researcher Grace DuMelle will help you explore your own family history. She’ll explain the top 10 concepts, such as working backwards, talking to relatives, using the census, three building blocks, and more. (A companion, follow-up workshop led by DuMelle will be offered in Spring 2016). Admission: $10, payable at the door. EHC Members, free. RSVP recommended: 847-475-3410 or

    Grace DuMelle is the author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginners Guide To Family History In The City Of Chicago. She is president of the Heartland Historical Research Service (HHRS) whose past clients include the United States Department of Justice, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, and Graystone Communications (parent company of The History Channel). Since 2001, Grace has worked in association with the Newberry Library in their Local & Family History section. She guides patrons through the many resources there and frequently lectures on the Newberry's genealogical holdings.

    EHC is grateful to the Year of Dawes Sponsors and Partners: The Evanston Arts Council, the Evanston Public Library, the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Tawani Foundation, and Whole Foods Market.

    Tawani Foundation, and Whole Foods Market.
  • The Evanston History Center closed for tours and research
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Research Room Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • EHC Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
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