The Year of Dawes Starts Now!

EHC is grateful to the Year of Dawes Sponsors and Partners: The Tawani Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Northwestern University Press, Evanston Public Library, Descendants of William Dawes Who Rode Association, Evanston Community Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Evanston Arts Council,  and the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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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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Melody in August: A Gala CelebrationMelody in August: A Gala Celebration

Saturday, August 27
7:00-10:00 pm
at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
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Black tie optional

Celebrate beneath the late summer moon at the historic Charles Gates Dawes House as we mark Dawes’ 151st birthday, close of the “Year of Dawes,” and the release of the new biography of Charles Gates Dawes. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and listen and dance to the music of Arlen Music Productions. The ticket price of $150* per person includes a copy of the new biography. Proceeds will support EHC’s programming and special events.

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*Evanston History Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Yoga on the Lawn

Saturday, June 25, July 23, August 27 and September 24
9:00 -10:15 am
at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Free, $10 donation suggested

The Evanston History Center is pleased to partner with Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio to offer free outdoor yoga classes to live music on the lawn of the Dawes House. The season opens with the Summer Solstice (June 25) and ends with Evanston Yoga Day on the Fall Equinox weekend (September 24). Bring your yoga mat (some will be available to borrow) and enjoy an inspiring session! All ages and fitness levels welcome. Stay afterward for refreshments, music and giveaways. Call 847-475-1500 or go online at