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!

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.

News

Natalie Moore Lecture Recap

It was a full house for Natalie Moore’s talk at the Evanston History Center! Thanks to Natalie Moore (@natalieymoore) for a terrific and insightful presentation and thanks to everyone who came out to hear her talk about her book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” We are grateful to everyone for…

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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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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

January 2017

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