Visit the EHC at the National Historic Landmark Dawes House.

Take a docent led tour of the house and view our exhibits.

Please check the EHC calendar and closure box (below) before your visit. The EHC may close for special events and holidays.


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 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!

Save-the-Date for Melody in August on August 26

Melody in August A Gala Celebration will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston. Cocktails, appetizer buffet, dancing and a silent auction will take place. Music is provided by Arlen Music Productions.

Tickets are $150 each. Please RSVP by August 19.
Click here to make a reservation

“Melody in A” was a 1911 musical composition written for piano and violin by Charles Gates Dawes, Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. The Dawes family moved to Evanston in 1895 and lived in our landmark building from 1909 to 1957.

“Melody in A” became a #1 hit song when lyrics were added and it was sung by Tommy Edwards under the name, “All in the Game.” The song is #38 on the Billboard All-time Top 100 Chart.

This year’s gala will include a silent auction of experiential packages, including dinner and theater tickets, overnight stays and passes to the BMW Golf Open.

Gala sponsored by: Bradly Investment Center

Click here to learn more

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.


Thank You for Another Great Mother’s Day House Walk!

Thank you to all who joined us in celebrating 42 years of Evanston’s history and architecture on Sunday, May 14! Our Annual Mother’s Day House Walk was a huge success! Special thanks to this year’s House Walk sponsors: Platinum Sponsors Stone Heritage Properties and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Silver Sponsor Three Crowns Park,…

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Visit Our Newest Exhibit – Now Open!

Have you given much thought to what accessories you consider essential to your look today? What would you have chosen in 1960, 1900, 1860? While many think of clothing in terms of garments to cover the body, accessories are a considerable part of our wardrobes and help to define the way we present ourselves to…

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Evanston Remembers: The Centennial of World War I

In an effort to mark the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, the Evanston History Center is publishing a series of profiles documenting various aspects related to the war and exploring Evanston’s role in it. After the U.S. declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917, and entered World War I,…

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Maiden Voyage of “EHC On the Go”

“EHC On the Go” had it’s maiden trip on Saturday, March 18.  20 charter members made the bus trip to visit historic sites in Lombard including the Sheldon Peck Homestead (verified Underground Railroad stop) and The Victorian Cottage.  After lunch in scenic downtown Lombard, we boarded the bus and traveled to the Mayslake Peabody Estate…

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Upcoming Events

July 2017

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  • Evanston's Lakefront Walking Tour
  • Evanston Women's History Walking Tour
  • Annual Ice Cream Social

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