Visit

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.

Explore

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.

Events

Join us for one of our many programs and events or host an event at the Dawes House.

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.

Make a reservation for an upcoming event!

Preserve Evanston's Unique and Irreplaceable History

Donate to EHC’s 2016 Annual Appeal! Your gift supports the day-to-day operations of the History Center.

Highlights of 2016: EHC’s “Year of Dawes” – our special programming and events celebrating the 150th birthday year of Charles Gates Dawes – concluded with our first-ever and memorable moon-lit gala MELODY IN August on August 27. Our current exhibit “Charles Gates Dawes: A Crowded Life” complemented our “Year of Dawes” events. The exhibit, featuring never-before-seen artifacts from EHC’s Dawes Family Collection, will run through December 2016.

Click here to see more about the Evanston History Center’s activities and learn why you should consider donating to the Evanston History Center’s 2016 Annual Appeal!

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Become a Member!

With your membership you support our mission to collect, preserve and share all of Evanston's history for generations to come. And you receive great Member Benefits.

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.

Click here to learn why it’s a good idea to give, or click here to donate now.

Make a Reservation!

Reservations for some events can now be made online! Click here to go to our events page and click on the reservation forms toward the top of the page.

News

Consider Donating to EHC’s Annual Appeal!

Please be part of preserving Evanston’s unique and irreplaceable history by giving a 2016 year-end gift to the Evanston History Center’s Annual Appeal. Your gift supports the day-to-day operations of the History Center. Donate Online Today! Highlights of 2016: EHC’s “Year of Dawes” – our special programming and events celebrating the 150th birthday year of…

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New Biography of Charles Gates Dawes!

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life by Annette B. Dunlap Purchase Online Today! “Written with verve and style, and full of new insights from untapped archives, Charles Gates Dawes: A Life will surprise scholars, impress general readers, and shed new light on how modern America came to be.” – Christopher Capozzola, author of Uncle Sam Wants…

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Melody in August: A Gala Celebration

Photographs by J. Brannigan Thank You! Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the “Melody in August” gala at the Evanston History Center. It was a special evening in Evanston and the Dawes House was decked out in all its splendor. At the end of a hot August day, the evening revealed a beautiful shimmering…

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A Journal of the Great War: The Critical Edition

A Journal of the Great War: The Critical Edition by Charles Gates Dawes Published by the Evanston History Center in honor of the Centenary of World War I and the “Year of Dawes” Watch the book’s “trailer” here A critical edition of Charles Gates Dawes’ A Journal of The Great War, edited by Jenny Thompson,…

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Upcoming Events

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