Collections

Missionary Mite Chest

About the Collection

The Evanston History Center’s collection documents the history and growth of the city of Evanston from the Native American times, to the period of the first settlers in the 1830s, through its incorporation in 1863, to the present.  Our exhibits and research are entirely dependent on these collections.

Viewing Collection Items

Visitors can view artifacts on display while taking a tour of the Charles Gates Dawes House and by viewing our current exhibits.

A vast majority of the collections are in storage.  Objects in storage are available to interested viewers and researchers by appointment. To make a specific inquiry or an appointment to view artifacts in storage, contact Kris Hartzell. To make an appointment to view our costume collection, contact Janet Messmer.

Accessing Online Collections

The EHC is working to get more and more of its collection online. To view a sampling of items in our collection, click the links below. A selection of collection images can be seen on Flickr. Check out some of our online artifact collection by clicking here!  To see some of the wonderful costumes in our collection, click here.

Framed Art

Furnishings

Toys

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Donating to the Collection
the Adopt an Artifact Program

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the Curator’s Pick
Past Curator’s Pick