Upcoming Events at a Glance:

43rd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Click Here to Purchase Tickets.

EHC on the Go, Trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Saturday, June 16, 2018. Click Here to Purchase Tickets.

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43rd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Houses will be open from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Ticket pickup begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 13

Join Us in Celebrating 43 Years of Evanston’s History and Architecture!

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This year we celebrate the many ways in which houses in Evanston have adapted over time. Changes in modern lifestyles and changes in the community are reflected in the structures we call home.

The 43rd annual Mother’s Day House Walk, presented by the Evanston History Center and our premiere sponsor Evanston Community Bank & Trust, will feature six historically and architecturally extraordinary houses, and of course the incomparable Dawes House in the Lakeshore Historic District. Through the House Walk, we will begin to tell the story of preservation and restoration in Evanston.

Purchase your tickets early and save $5!

House Walk tickets are $40 in advance, $45 on Mother’s Day.
Evanston History Center members receive a $5 per ticket discount, regardless of purchase date.

Children 12 and over require a ticket.
Tickets are not mailed; they must be picked up at the EHC, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, beginning at 11 a.m. on May 13, 2018.
Tickets may be purchased the day of the House Walk at the Dawes House.
Addresses are not available in advance. House Walk tickets are non-refundable.

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The Mother’s Day House Walk is presented by the Evanston History Center and our sponsors.



POP UP! at the Evanston History Center

“The Shure Unidyne:” The Microphone that Amplified the 20th Century
A Brown Bag Lunch Talk
by Michael Pettersen, Director of Corporate History at Shure Incorporated.
Friday, May 18, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission: Free and open to everyone!
Reservations are not required
Bring your lunch and sit back and enjoy!

Introduced in 1939 and still being manufactured today, the Shure Unidyne was the first unidirectional microphone using a single dynamic element.  This presentation provides an overview of the Unidyne’s unique position in the history of 20th-century broadcast, politics, and entertainment, plus the amazing story of the 24-year-old immigrant from the Ukraine who invented the Unidyne and earned his first of over 100 patents for audio technology. Shure Incorporated was based in Evanston from 1956 to 2003.


Fascinated by music, sound, and audio technology since building a crystal radio set as a child, Michael Pettersen is the Director of Corporate History. Employed by Shure Incorporated since 1976, he is a contributing author to the 1,550-page reference tome “Handbook for Sound Engineers” as well as the sole author of numerous pro audio technical papers. In his personal life, Michael is a professional musician, published composer of choral arrangements, co-author of a biography about jazz guitarist Freddie Green, and a notorious raconteur.

EHC On the Go

Black Point Estate

Take a trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $100, $90 EHC Members

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Join the Evanston History Center on an exciting tour of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – the “Newport of the West” on Saturday, June 16.


  • Depart Dawes House by bus at 8 a.m.
  • Visit historic Black Point Estate for a private behind-the-scenes tour of the house and gardens.
  • Lunch on your own in downtown Lake Geneva
  • 2 hour narrated architectural boat tour of Lake Geneva
  • Return to the Dawes House at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $100, $90 for EHC members. The price includes bus, house tour, and boat tour. Space is limited, so buy your tickets today!

Listen Up! Exhibit Open Through June 17

Listen Up!

On View February 2-June 17, 2018

Audio technologies played a key role in the development of modern mass communication: from wax recording cylinders to the telephone and the radio up to cell phones and the internet. This exhibit explores many historic acoustic machines from our collection of Evanston history. Created to share art and ideas across time and distance, these inventions were revolutionary. How did these technologies get us where we are today and where will future developments take us?

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