The Year of Dawes is Drawing to a Close!

What a wonderful year it has been! Thank you to all the marvelous Under the Buffalo speakers, volunteers, guests, and Year of Dawes sponsors and partners. There is still one more big bash to come, celebrating the year’s end and the publication of the new biography of Dawes.

Thank you to all the YOD sponsors and partners:

The Tawani Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Northwestern University Press, Evanston Public Library, Descendants of William Dawes Who Rode Association, Evanston Community Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Evanston Arts Council,  and the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

The Evanston History Center announces the publication of Charles Gates Dawes’
A Journal of the Great War: The Critical Edition.

Dawes WWI final front cover for lulu july 15 2016 copy

First published in 1921, A Journal of the Great War provides a fascinating glimpse into the challenges faced by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during the United States’ 18-month involvement in World War I. Dawes’ journal, written while he was stationed in France from August 1917 to July 1919, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles and political maneuvering that took place among American and European political and military leaders as they sought to fight the war as an allied force. Part document of life in wartime France, part war diary, and part mentation on the means of exercising power, Dawes’ journal is a unique contribution to the literature of World War I.

The new edition, edited by Jenny Thompson, includes two new essays, photographs, and more. It is now available on The price is $25 plus shipping. All proceeds benefit the Evanston History Center.

Read more about the book by clicking here

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Melody in August: A Gala CelebrationMelody in August: A Gala Celebration

Saturday, August 27
7:00-10:00 pm
at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Buy tickets today!
Black tie optional

Celebrate beneath the late summer moon at the historic Charles Gates Dawes House as we 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 of $150* per person includes a copy of the new biography. Proceeds will support EHC’s programming and special events.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 8.22.01 PMMelody in August: A Gala Celebration graciously sponsored by Bradley
Investment Center.

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

Under the Buffalo Presentations: Fall 2016

defender cover“The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America” with Ethan Michaeli, Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7pm.

Reception catered by Whole Foods Market starts at 6:30pm

Author Ethan Michaeli discusses his critically acclaimed history of the famous newspaper, the Chicago Defender, and its broad and significant impact on American life, from encouraging the Great Migration to helping break down barriers of racial segregation. Michaeli, who worked at the Chicago Defender from 1991-1996, delves into the paper’s rich history, as he traces the many causes the paper championed and explores how it changed the landscape of American culture in the process. Michaeli’s book, which draws from extensive archival research and dozens of interviews, is, according to the New York Times,a “deeply researched, elegantly written history” and “a towering achievement that will not be soon forgotten.”

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last voyaguers“The Last Voyageurs: Retracing La Salle’s Journey Across America” Lorraine Boissoneault. Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7pm.

Reception catered by Whole Foods Market starts at 6:30pm

Author Lorraine Boissoneault will talk about her book, The Last Voyageurs, which explores a 1976 reenactment involving 24 young men who canoed 3,300 miles across North America, dressing, eating, and acting like 17th-century Frenchmen. The reenactment followed the route of French explorer La Salle, the first European to travel all the way down the Mississippi River. It’s a route that even passed by Evanston. Over the course of the reenactment, participants battled storms on the Great Lakes, walked more than 500 miles across the Midwest during one of the coldest winters of the 20th century, and overcame near-death experiences to reach the end of their journey. Learn about this amazing story and the lessons the participants learned about the modern world during their 8-month “visit” to the 1600s.

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lincoln“Giants in the Park: Unveiling the Histories behind Lincoln Park’s Vintage Monuments” Krista August ~ Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7pm.

Reception catered by Whole Foods Market starts at 6:30pm

Join us for a virtual tour led by Krista August, author of the award-winning “Giants in the Park.” We will venture to Lincoln Park, historically Chicago’s great place of leisure and also an outdoor art and history museum with its seventeen vintage portrait statues. Krista August will discuss the fascinating histories behind several of the park’s “giants” including, The Alarm, LaSalle, Lincoln, Grant, and Fountain Girl (originally named Willard Fountain, for Evanston’s Frances Willard). She will also discuss the broader history of the park, including “missing” statuary and the park’s cemetery years. August has been leading walking and biking tours in Chicago for many years, guiding people through the city for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and currently leading tours of Lincoln Park’s historic monuments.

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2012 walking tours imageEvanston History Center Walking Tours

The Evanston History Center’s popular Walking Tours begin their eighth year in June 2016. Please join us this summer and fall as we take Evanston history on the road again. 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 last for 90 minutes. The cost is $20 per person/$15 for members, payable at the door. Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP to Kris Hartzell, or 847-475-3410.

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Yoga on the Lawn

Saturday, June 25, July 23, August 27 and September 24
9:00 -10:15 am
at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Free, $10 donation suggested

The Evanston History Center is pleased to partner with Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio to offer free outdoor yoga classes to live music on the lawn of the Dawes House. The season opens with the Summer Solstice (June 25) and ends with Evanston Yoga Day on the Fall Equinox weekend (September 24). Bring your yoga mat (some will be available to borrow) and enjoy an inspiring session! All ages and fitness levels welcome. Stay afterward for refreshments, music and giveaways. Call 847-475-1500 or go online at