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!

New Exhibit on view January 28 - March 16, 2017

Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad The Evanston History Center is proud to be the first to host a new national traveling exhibit. The exhibit will only be in Evanston for six weeks, so plan your visit soon!

Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales has spent more than a decade meticulously researching “fugitive” slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom.

EHC is proud to join with Shorefront Legacy Center in exploring the history of the Black community in Evanston and the surrounding communities by presenting their exhibit, Legacies. The EHC thanks the Evanston Art Center for their partnership.

Click here to learn more about the exhibit opening on Saturday, January 28, 2-4pm

Click here to learn more about the exhibit

Underground Railroad Station with Tunnel Leading to Another Conductor’s House; Centerville, Indiana

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.


New Exhibit Coming Soon!

We want to whet your appetite for our new exhibit opening May 1, 2017.  “The Finishing Touch: Evanston Accessorized” will focus on all manner of clothing accessories for men, women, and children from the mid-19th C. through the 20th C. Here we are showing a device, the Conformateur, essential to getting the correct shape and…

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“Evanston Seen:” Creating a Visual Map of Meaning

“Evanston Seen:” Creating a Visual Map of Meaning A community photo project Presented by the Evanston History Center and the Evanston Public Library Maps can help tell us where we are and help us determine where we are going. Most maps reveal intersections and streets; highways and buildings. Let’s create a new kind of map…

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“Evanston Reads” Book Discussion

“Evanston Reads” Book Discussion Thursday, March 7, 2017, 1-2 pm 225 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL Free and open to all. No reservation necessary.   The Evanston History Center is taking part in the shared reading experience “Evanston Reads,” hosted by the Evanston Public Library, February – March 2017.  The Other Wes Moore, an engaging “double biography”…

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Photographs From The Exhibit Opening Of “From Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad.”

The Evanston History Center is very excited to have so many terrific partners for our “Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad” exhibit. We wanted to take full advantage of the unique opportunity to be the first midwest venue of this national traveling exhibit of photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales, by forming new partnerships…

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Upcoming Events

February 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Evanston History Center Closed for Tours
  • The EHC is closed for tours.
  • February UTB: "Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad" with Jeanine Michna-Bales

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