Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Melody in August, Saturday, August 25, 2018, 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Have a suggestion for an event topic or speaker? Please email Jenny Thompson:

Annual Ice Cream Social

Saturday, July 28
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of summer fun! Come to listen to the Ridgeville Band on the grounds of the Dawes House (225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL). Watch Kevin Kelly’s hilarious magic show, enjoy free admission to the Dawes House, and free frozen yogurt courtesy of YoFresh Yogurt Cafe! This is a summer favorite for kids and adults and it is entirely free!

Event Schedule:
The Ridgeville Band, 1-2 pm
Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show, 2-3 pm
Dawes House Open for self-guided tours of house and viewing of exhibits, 1-3 pm

Plus: Kids’ Games, Popcorn, and Lemonade.

This event is free and open to the public!

Groups of 4+ minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry to the Dawes House will be monitored to ensure that we do not exceed capacity. A door monitor will be posted to allow visitors in upon exit of visitors.

Thank you to our sponsors:

If you have any questions about our Ice Cream Social you can contact us by email, by clicking here.

Click here for directions

Melody in August

Saturday, August 25, 2018
7 to 10 p.m.
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street
Admission: $150/person
Click here to get your tickets today!

Click here to get your tickets today!

Party sponsors include:

J. Robert and Trish Barr, Eston and Sandy Gross, Doug and Linda Honnold, Sharon Ephraim and David Kite, Robert and Janet Neiman Reed, Rick Hubbard and Alaka Wali, Eden Juron and Neal Pearlman, Ann Weatherhead, Jack Hinz and Cate Whitcomb, David Downen and Kathryn Kniffen, Mike Ford and Spencer Beard

For more information please email Jill Kirk. Thank you for supporting the Evanston History Center.

Melody in A is a 1911 musical composition written for piano and violin by Charles Gates Dawes, Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. It became the #1 hit song “All in the Game” in 1958 when lyrics were added and it was sung by Tommy Edwards.

Tour Evanston Women’s History with New Map Summer 2018

The Frances Willard House Museum, in partnership with the Evanston Women’s History Project and Shorefront Legacy Center, is proud to announce the first annual Tour Evanston Women’s History Map. The 2018 map highlights fifteen women’s history sites throughout Evanston around the theme She Persisted. It provides a fun, informative and relevant summer activity for self-guided walking, biking and driving tours, with brief information about fifteen amazing Evanston women.

Lori Osborne, director of the Willard House and the Women’s History Project says: “We are excited to bring this new way to experience Evanston women’s history to the community. It combines two of our favorite things: healthy activity and the story of women’s significant impact on Evanston.”

Designed by local illustrator Caroline Brown, the map costs $10 and is available for purchase throughout the summer when these locations are open (Willard House – Thursdays and Sundays 1-4 pm; EHC – Thursdays-Sundays 1-4 pm).

Sponsorship of the map comes from Emilie Hogan Broker @Properties, the Wellness Revolution, and The Printed Word.

For more information, visit

Evanston History Center Walking Tours

The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape.


All tours, unless otherwise stated, meet at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston.


Tours vary but are occasionally repeated, and are generally offered on the first and third Saturday of the month.

Tours begin at 11:00 AM and last for 90 minutes.


The cost is $20 per person/$15 for members unless otherwise stated. Admission is payable at the door.

Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP to Kris Hartzell, or 847-475-3410.


Free street parking is available on Greenwood Street.

Types of Tours

Architectural Evanston
June 2 & October 6, 2018

A walk through the original town of Evanston in the Lakeshore Historic District, with a view to the architectural styles of different eras and how they reflect the growth and change of the city.

Burnham in Evanston
June 16 & August 18, 2018

Stroll through the neighborhood where architect Daniel Burnham chose to live, work, and build. We will see his property, houses, and schools he designed, and hear about the man and his love of “bucolic Evanston.”

Evanston’s Lakefront
September 1, 2018

Uncover the rich, varied history of Evanston’s lakefront. From lifesaving stations to shipwrecks, from boathouses to warehouses, from parks and private residences to piers, beaches, and landscaping:  the stories are as varied as the lakefront itself.

Evanston Women’s History – this tour begins at Frances Willard House
July 21, 2018

Explore the revolutionary history of Evanston’s women by viewing the houses and buildings where they worked to transform our cultural landscape. This tour meets at WILLARD HOUSE, 1730 CHICAGO AVENUE.

Downtown Evanston – this tour begins at Fountain Square
August 4 & October 20, 2018

Consider the distinctive character of downtown Evanston by taking a closer look at historic buildings and byways. Discover the hidden treasures and little-known stories of our community. This tour meets at FOUNTAIN SQUARE.

Group walking tours can be scheduled by appointment. To get more information on group walking tour options, please contact us at (847) 475-3410 or e-mail Kris Hartzell.

Listen Up! Exhibit

Listen Up!

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?

Click here to (hear) and learn more about this exhibit.

Click here to learn more about our exhibits