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.


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!

The Campaign for the Evanston History Center Runs Throughout February!

The Evanston History Center has begun a one-month, online fundraising campaign for the month of February 2016. The goal of the Campaign for the Evanston History Center (CEHC) is to “preserve Evanston history for the future.”

EHC is in the midst of a critical $4 million capital campaign to address the immediate infrastructure needs of the Charles Gates Dawes House, including installation of state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling, and establish an endowment to address future needs. The Dawes house is not only the largest artifact in EHCs collection, it functions to protect all of the other priceless historic materials, archives and artifacts, that EHC cares for. It also provides the main venue for EHC to fulfill its mission: sharing its remarkable local history collection with the public, through programs, exhibits and research services.

Managed through the Crowdrise website, the online campaign is driven by a $29,000 matching gift and by a social media partnership with First Bank and Trust of Evanston. The goal is to raise $1,000 per day.

Want to discover more great reasons to join the campaign? Click here.

Make a donation by clicking the “DONATE NOW” button to the right. Or, you can find the campaign by clicking here, or on EHCs Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds. And a new campaign video highlighting former Mayor Jay Lytle is on the Evanston History Center’s YouTube channel.

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise

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.

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The Year of Dawes!

The Year of Dawes! The Evanston History Center has officially launched the “Year of Dawes.” Join us for a series of events in (and out of) the lakefront mansion that Charles Dawes and family called home for nearly half a century. Through the doors of the Dawes House once passed royalty, movie stars, and political powerhouses. Today, the doors are open to everyone thanks to the fact that Charles Dawes donated his house so that future generations could see a way of life that belongs to the now vanished 20th century.

The Evanston History Center celebrates Charles Dawes’ 150th birthday and the “Year of Dawes,” a yearlong series of programs, publications, and exhibits designed to reexamine the life and career of one of Evanston’s most famous citizens. Click here for the full story.

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.


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

February 2016

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  • Dawes President’s Day Exhibit Inauguration
  • Adoption and Identity Intertwined
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