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.

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

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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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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.


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

December  2015
  • Annual Holiday Open House
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: December 6, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL
    Description: Join us for an afternoon of holiday cheer at the Dawes House. Explore the majestic lakeside mansion decked out for the holidays, view EHC’s exhibits, and enjoy holiday treats, crafts for kids and live music in the Great Hall.

    1:00-2:30 pm: Piano Music by Chris Mathieu
    2:30-3:30pm: Music with Marian McNair

    This event is free and open to everyone!

    EHC also kicks off its10th Annual Food Drive, in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. All food collected will go directly to an Evanston food pantry to benefit area residents. Donations of nutritious, non-perishable food (no glass, please) will be accepted at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., from Thursday, December 3, 2015 through Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 1PM-4PM each day. Please consider donating to this important cause.
  • EHC Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: December 25, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • EHC Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: December 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • EHC Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: December 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • EHC Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: December 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • EHC Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: January 1, 2016 - 12:00 am
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