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.

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New Biography of Charles Gates Dawes!

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life

“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 You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life is the first comprehensive biography of an American in whose fascinating story contemporary readers can follow the struggles and triumphs of early twentieth-century America. Ebullient and irrepressible, Dawes is most known today as vice president of the United States under Calvin Coolidge, but he also distinguished himself and his hometown of Evanston, Illinois, on the world stage with the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize. Annette B. Dunlap recounts the story of this original American who enlightened and enlivened his world.

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life can be purchased at the Charles Gates Dawes House bookstore, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL. Paperback: $24.95, Hardbound: $40.00.

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life was published in cooperation with Northwestern University Press and with generous support from the Tawani Foundation.

Read more about the book by clicking here.

Charles Gates Dawes Biography Cover

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

New Biography of Charles Gates Dawes!

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life by Annette B. Dunlap “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 You: World War…

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Melody in August: A Gala Celebration

Thank You! Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the “Melody in August” gala at the Evanston History Center. It was a special evening in Evanston and the Dawes House was decked out in all its splendor. At the end of a hot August day, the evening revealed a beautiful shimmering late summer sky; the…

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Don’t Miss the Last of The EHC Walking Tours

The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown and lakefront. Tours vary but are occasionally repeated, and are generally offered on the first and third Saturday of the month. All tours, unless otherwise stated, meet at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston. Tours begin at 11:00 AM and…

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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

September 2016

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  • Under the Buffalo Presentation: "The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America"
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