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Library at the Dawes House Photo by Allix Rogers

Please be part of preserving Evanston’s unique and irreplaceable history by giving a 2016 year-end gift to the Evanston History Center’s Annual Appeal. Your gift supports the day-to-day operations of the History Center.

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Highlights of 2016:
EHC’s “Year of Dawes” – our special programming and events celebrating the 150th birthday year of Charles Gates Dawes – concluded with our first-ever and memorable moon-lit gala MELODY IN August on August 27. Our current exhibit “Charles Gates Dawes: A Crowded Life” complemented our “Year of Dawes” events. The exhibit, featuring never-before-seen artifacts from EHC’s Dawes Family Collection, will run through December 2016.

A new biography of Charles Gates Dawes, Charles Gates Dawes: A Life written by Annette Dunlap, was released at the gala. The book, published by  Northwestern University Press, was made possible by a generous grant from the Tawani Foundation.

Charles Gates Dawes’ journal, A Journal of the Great War: The Critical Edition was newly edited by EHC’s Jenny Thompson and released. This edition includes two new essays, photographs, and more information about Dawes while he was stationed in France from August 1917 to 1919.

A grant from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board made it possible for EHC to complete the transfer of the oral history collection to digital files and made available in our research room.

More than 2,300 guests from the Chicago metropolitan area visited the Dawes House during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Open House Chicago” weekend October 15-16.

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The Evanston History Center invites you to visit the Charles Gates Dawes House during this festive holiday season. Enjoy cookies and cider at the Holiday Open House Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dawes House at 225 Greenwood Street.

Happy Holidays!
The Board of Trustees and Staff