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.

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Join Us for the 42nd Annual House Walk

Join us in celebrating 42 years of Evanston history and architecture. The Evanston History Center (EHC) presents the Annual Mother’s Day House Walk on Sunday, May 14, 2017, rain or shine. Houses will be open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

The 42nd Annual House Walk marks the centennial of World War I. The homes included in this year’s House Walk reflect how the war affected the lives and homes of the people of Evanston. This House Walk will feature 5 historically and architecturally significant houses in southeast Evanston.

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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.


42nd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk

The EHC staff gets very excited about the house walk. Not only is it our biggest and most important fundraiser, it is also our biggest and most important friend-raiser, and it is A LOT OF FUN, for the patrons but also for the staff. Each year we strive to make the house walk even better!…

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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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“The Finishing Touch: Evanston Accessorized” Coming Soon!

To further tempt interest in our upcoming accessories exhibit, “The Finishing Touch: Evanston Accessorized!” we offer a glimpse of the world of umbrellas and parasols used by Evanston inhabitants. They range from a carriage parasol of the 1880’s with carved ivory handle to a linen parasol with elaborate passementerie decoration to a rayon sun umbrella with celluloid…

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Upcoming Events

April 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Evanston History Center closed for tours.
  • EPL Film Screening "The September Issue" a tie-in with EHC's Accessory Exhbit
  • Make Your Own Accessory: At the Evanston Public Library

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