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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.”

Admission: $10, payable at the door. EHC members free. Membership sign-up is available at the event.

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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.

Admission: $10, payable at the door. EHC members free. Membership sign-up is available at the event.

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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.

Admission: $10, payable at the door. EHC members free. Membership sign-up is available at the event.

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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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bde_logoThe Big Draw Evanston

Events throughout October
Drawing event at the Dawes House is Saturday, October 29
1:00 – 4:00 pm
at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Free

What do you want the future to know about your Evanston? Draw a picture of a building or a scene that plays a role in your life experience and tells a story about your/our community. If you wish, write some brief exhibit text explaining the places and the story. The drawings and text will be added to the archives of the Evanston History Center so that future generations will know and understand the commonalities and differences that were and are Evanston.

The Big Draw Evanston is a month-long, citywide festival that activates public spaces and brings people together through informal art-making. Learn more at thebigdrawevanston.org.


ohc2016-webemail-600x400Open House Chicago

October 15-16
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free!

The Evanston History Center is pleased to participate in Open House Chicago 2016. We are proud of Evanston’s wonderful architectural heritage and join the other Evanston sites in welcoming the world to our doors.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across Chicago.

Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods – all for free. To learn more visit openhousechicago.org.