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!

Melody in August: A Gala Celebration

Gala Celebration! Join the Evanston History Center on Saturday, August 27 from 7:00-10:00 pm as we celebrate beneath the late summer moon at the historic Charles Gates Dawes House and mark Dawes’ 151st birthday, close of the “Year of Dawes,” and the release of the new biography of Charles Gates Dawes. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and listen and dance to the music of Arlen Music Productions.

The ticket price is $150* per person and includes a copy of the new biography. Proceeds will support EHC’s programming and special events. Click here to purchase tickets today.

*Evanston History Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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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.

News

Exhibit Open House

Celebrate President’s Day by joining the Evanston History Center at the Charles Gates Dawes House for an Open House to inaugurate the engaging new exhibit, “A Crowded Life: Charles Gates Dawes.” Monday, February 15, 2016 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm This event is at the Evanston History Center 225 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL Free and…

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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.

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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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Upcoming Events

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