Events

 

The rotating exhibit gallery at the Evanston History Center will be closed until February 2, for the installation of the new exhibit “Listen Up!” We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Nathan Kipnis, “The Future Has Arrived!” Designing Evanston’s First Platinum LEED Home, Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

Janet C. Messmer, “Valedictory Address,” Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

Pamela Bannos, “Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife,” Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

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


Under the Buffalo Lecture Series, Winter 2018

 


“The Future Has Arrived!”
Designing Evanston’s First Platinum LEED Home
Nathan Kipnis

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7 p.m.
Reception starts at 6:30 p.m.
Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission $10. Payable at the door (Visa, MC, Cash). EHC Members Free

Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, architect of Evanston’s first LEED Platinum home, will discuss the challenges involved with creating this uniquely designed home that uses 75% less energy than a standard home. Mr. Kipnis will also speak about his evolving philosophy for sustainable and resilient design, at both the building and community scale. Mr. Kipnis’ body of design work has consistently looked to the future by starting with a thorough understanding of how historic buildings responded climatically to their context, and then integrating modern technology and design concepts to create ultra-high efficiency buildings.

Mr. Kipnis’ practice, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, is based in Evanston and is celebrating its 25th year.  His architectural work has been extensively published locally and nationally.  He currently serves on the AIA’s 2030 Commitment Working Group, helping architects design to Net Zero energy and carbon levels by 2030, and he just concluded serving on the City of Evanston’s Climate Action Plan Working Group.  Mr. Kipnis was a founding board member of Citizens’ Greener Evanston and was the driving force for the Evanston Offshore Wind Farm concept.  He helped write Evanston’s original green building ordinance, and was a design and technology consultant for the ‘House by Northwestern’ Solar Decathlon entry.  

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“Valedictory Address”
Janet C. Messmer

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7 p.m.
Reception starts at 6:30 p.m.
Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission $10. Payable at the door (Visa, MC, Cash). EHC Members Free

After 27 years serving as the costume curator at the Evanston History Center, Janet C. Messmer will take a look back (and forward) upon her retirement. Messmer will discuss the changes the collection has undergone during her tenure and she will also discuss highlights from some of the exhibits she has designed and curated. She will also reflect on the people to whom she is grateful and share her hopes for the future.

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“Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife”
Pamela Bannos

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
Reception starts at 6:30 p.m.
Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Admission $10. Payable at the door (Visa, MC, Cash). EHC Members Free

Northwestern University professor Pamela Bannos discusses her groundbreaking biography, Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife. Bannos’ richly detailed and meticulously researched study contrasts Maier’s life with the mythology that strangers—mostly the men who have profited from her work—have created around her absence. The much-promulgated myth of Maier as a “nanny savant” has eclipsed her true achievements, skills, and intentions. She was not a nanny who moonlighted as a photographer; she was a photographer who supported herself as a nanny. In her authoritative and engrossing biography, Bannos uncovers the real story of Vivian Maier and reveals her to be a true visionary artist.

A book signing follows the presentation. Thanks to Bookends & Beginnings for making the signing possible.

This Women’s History Month program is co-sponsored with the Evanston Women’s History Project.

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A reception catered by Whole Foods Market kicks off each event at 6:30 P.M.
Admission to each event: $10. Payable at the door. EHC Members: Free.
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations recommended: email: jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org or go online: www.evanstonhistorycenter.org/all-events/

Questions? Email: jthompson@evanstonhistorycenter.org

Many thanks to Whole Foods Market for their generous support of the Under the Buffalo Series

Many thanks to Bookends and Beginnings for helping make EHC book signings possible!


NEW EXHIBIT OPENING FEBRUARY 2:

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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