Events

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

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“Pop- Up” Event: Research at EHC – Harley Clarke Mansion Archives, Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1-4pm, Free and open to all. Reservations not required.

“Redlined:” A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community on 1960s Chicago, a presentation by Linda Gartz
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

Please scroll down for more information about these and other events!

Have a suggestion for an event topic or speaker? Please email Jenny Thompson: jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org


“1968: Seasons of Change”

A Calendar of Events Jointly Presented by
The Evanston History Center and the Evanston Public Library

Events take place at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street and at the Evanston Public Library, Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL

Click here to view and download a PDF with all the upcoming events

Under the Buffalo- Fall 2018 Season

“Redlined:”
A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community on 1960s Chicago. Linda Gartz

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m. (reception starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.
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Join us for a presentation by Linda Gartz as she discusses her memoir, Redlined. Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, the book tells the story of one white family on Chicago’s West Side, navigating the uncharted shoals of their neighborhood’s racial change. Based on long-hidden letters and diaries, Gartz’s vivid memoir explores complicated truths of marriage, sexual freedom, and race relations in a devastated landscape, ravaged by racist mortgage laws and shifting amidst a nation undergoing a revolutionary change.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of Redlined will be available for sale at the event.

A reception catered by Whole Foods Market kicks off each event at 6:30 p.m.

Film Screenings

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library

Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library
Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. (running time 1 hr, 48 min)
Admission: Free! Reservations not required.

Stanley Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner features Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, and Spencer Tracy in a film hailed by critics for its positive portrayal of the issue of interracial marriage. Just months before the film was released, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country, laws that made interracial marriage illegal in 17 states. In 1968, Evanston’s city council proclaimed the film of interest to all in Evanston and urged residents to see it during its run at the Varsity Theater.

Freedom Riders (2010)
Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library

Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library
Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3 p.m. (running time 1 hr, 57 min)
Admission: Free! Reservations not required.

Based in part on Raymond Arsenault’s book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, the documentary Freedom Riders tells the story behind the women and men who risked their lives to challenge racial segregation in America’s transportation systems. Hundreds of “freedom riders” rode on buses and trains, defying the laws that segregated facilities along routes throughout the country. Their courageous nonviolent activism drew the world’s attention, challenged the country’s racist laws and attitudes, and inspired thousands of Americans to take part in the civil rights movement.

The Swimmer (1968)
Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library

Film Screening at the Evanston Public Library
Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m. (running time 1 hr, 35 min)
Admission: Free! Reservations not required.

Based on John Cheever’s 1964 short story, the film “The Swimmer” offers a chilling view of middle-class America in the 1960s, trapped in a suburban “dream.” Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, a man who sets out on a kind of hero’s journey, swimming through his neighborhood by dipping in swimming pools that dot the idyllic landscape. Along the way, he encounters various characters, each revealing some component of his life and his own dark state. The film soon reveals its allegorical nature, as one man struggles to find his way home, encountering hidden truths about the stark reality of his own life.


Cover of historic real estate brochure. An example of the type of archival material held in this collection.

“Pop- Up” Event: Research at EHC – Harley Clarke Mansion Archives

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1-4pm, Free and open to all. Reservations not required.

In anticipation of the November 6, 2018 referendum on the Evanston ballot regarding the Harley Clarke Mansion (see below), the Evanston History Center is hosting a “Pop- Up” research opportunity to view archival records related to the mansion.

The Pop-Up event takes place Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Frank Foster Research Room, located in the basement of the National Historic Landmark, Charles Gates Dawes House. Viewing the records will be free of charge that afternoon. (Copy fees will be charged.) Records for the mansion include building permits, biographical material about the Clarke family, real estate listings, and a recently proposed project for adaptive re-use.

The mission of the Evanston History Center is to collect, preserve and interpret the rich history of the City of Evanston and all its people through exhibits, educational programs, and research facilities. Preservation is hotly debated in Evanston today and we support our partners and interested parties on all sides of the preservation debates by providing historical documentation about Evanston buildings and other preservation matters from our publicly-accessible archives and library.

We hope community members will avail themselves of this opportunity and that it helps all citizens become more informed about the mansion and preservation issues.

The referendum to appear on November 2018 ballot:

“Shall the City of Evanston protect from demolition and preserve the landmark Harley Clarke buildings and gardens next to Lighthouse Beach, for use and access as public property, consistent with the Evanston Lakefront Master Plan, at minimal or no cost to Evanston taxpayers?” [1]

[1] Quoted in Jonah Meadows, “Harley Clarke Mansion Referendum Cleared To Appear On Ballot,” Evanston Patch, August 22, 2018.


Celebrate Halloween at the Evanston History Center

Spooky Story Reading
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Admission: $20 non-members, $15 members
Reservations encouraged, email khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org

Join us for a night of terrifying tales with readings of works by Edgar Allen Poe, Shirley Jackson, and more. Costumes encouraged!

Trick-or-Treat at the Dawes house
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Come to the Evanston History Center and trick-or-treat at one of Evanston’s most historic homes!


Annual Holiday Open House 

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3-5 p.m.
At the Evanston History Center in the Dawes House
Admission: Free!

Join us for an afternoon of holiday cheer at the Dawes House. Explore the majestic lakeside mansion decked out for the holidays, view EHC’s exhibits, and enjoy holiday treats and live music in the Great Hall.

This event is free and open to everyone!

13th Annual Food Drive

EHC also kicks off its 13th Annual Holiday Food Drive, conducted in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. All food collected will go directly to an Evanston food pantry to benefit area residents. Donations of nutritious, non-perishable food (no glass, please) will be accepted at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood Street from Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. each day, and Sunday, December 2, 3-5 p.m. Please consider donating to this important cause.