Events

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Click on the event listing below to make a reservation:

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

“The Leopold and Loeb Files” An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes, a presentation by Nina Barrett. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

“High-Risers:”Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, a presentation by Ben Austen. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

“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)

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


Melody in August

Saturday, August 25, 2018
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street
Admission: $150/person
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Mark your calendars for EHC’s “Melody in August” party, Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Evanston History Center.

This year the melody will have a groovy vibe as we commemorate the extraordinary year, 1968 and coincides with the opening of our new exhibit Evanston 1968.

Guests will celebrate beneath the late summer moon at the National Historic Landmark Charles Gates Dawes House, enjoy cocktails and delicious hors-d’oeuvres, and rock out to live music provided by Arlen Music Productions.

A silent auction will offer some exciting new experiences.

Party attire with at 1968 flair is encouraged.

Proceeds will support the unique and distinctive programs brought to the community by the EHC.

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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, Sally Lynch, 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 p.m.; EHC – Thursdays-Sundays 1-4 p.m.).

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

For more information, visit www.franceswillardhouse.org


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.

Location

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

Hours

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

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

Admission

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.

Parking

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.


Under the Buffalo- Fall 2018 Season

“The Leopold and Loeb Files”
An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes. Nina Barrett

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7 p.m. (reception starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.

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Join us for a presentation by Nina Barrett as she discusses Chicago’s infamous 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case. The fact that two wealthy Chicago college students had killed for “the excitement of it” would both horrify and captivate the public imagination for nearly a century, inspiring numerous fictional accounts, including Hitchcock’s classic film, Rope. Barrett’s enthralling book tells the chilling story chiefly through a rare collection of carefully arranged primary source material, including confessions, court transcripts, psychological reports, and evidence photos. The result is a stunning resurrection of the case’s historical context and the American scene of the 1920s.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of The Leopold and Loeb Files will be available for sale at the event.

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

“High Risers:” Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Ben Austen

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7 p.m. (reception starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Admission: $10. EHC Members Free.

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The public housing facility, Cabrini-Green, once home to 20,000 Chicago residents, provides the basis for Ben Austen’s exploration of America’s public housing experiment and the changing fortunes of American cities. Told movingly through the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex’s demise, High Risers constitutes a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America, as it considers what went wrong in the effort to provide affordable housing to the poor—and what can be learned from those mistakes.

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

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

“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.)

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 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.