Visit the EHC at the National Historic Landmark Dawes House.

Take a docent led tour of the house and view our exhibits.

Please check the EHC calendar and closure box (below) before your visit. The EHC may close for special events and holidays.


Our mission is to collect, preserve and share all of Evanston's history.

Explore this history by visiting our research room and archive, learning more about our collections, or viewing our online galleries and research resources.


Join us for one of our many programs and events or host an event at the Dawes House.

From the Under the Buffalo lecture series, to the Mother's Day House Walk, Ice Cream Social and Holiday Open House, EHC offers many ways for you to connect and learn.

Make a reservation for an upcoming event!

Come See Our Newest Exhibit!

The Finishing Touch: Evanston Accessorized On View Through December 2017

While many think of clothing in terms of garments to cover the body, accessories are a considerable part of our wardrobes and help to define the way we present ourselves to the world. This exhibit features fashion accessories, some practical and others highly decorative and whimsical, and exploring their uses over time. The items are drawn from EHC’s extensive costume collection which is rich in accessories used by Evanstonians throughout the history of the city. The exhibit is curated by EHC’s costume curator, Janet C. Messmer.

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Become a Member!

With your membership you support our mission to collect, preserve and share all of Evanston's history for generations to come. And you receive great Member Benefits.

View Toward the Future: The Capital Campaign

History is alive at the Dawes House. Each year, thousands come to explore the questions history provokes, feel the excitement of discovery, and experience the thrill of examining artifacts and reading directly from original documents.

All of us who care about preserving Evanston’s history have the opportunity to safeguard one of our most visible and important artifacts, the Dawes House. The Capital Campaign will ensure that, with your help.

Click here to learn why it’s a good idea to give, or click here to donate now.

Make a Reservation!

Reservations for some events can now be made online! Click here to go to our events page and click on the reservation forms toward the top of the page.


Thank You for Another Great Mother’s Day House Walk!

Thank you to all who joined us in celebrating 42 years of Evanston’s history and architecture on Sunday, May 14! Our Annual Mother’s Day House Walk was a huge success! Special thanks to this year’s House Walk sponsors: Platinum Sponsors Stone Heritage Properties and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Silver Sponsor Three Crowns Park,…

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Visit Our Newest Exhibit – Now Open!

Have you given much thought to what accessories you consider essential to your look today? What would you have chosen in 1960, 1900, 1860? While many think of clothing in terms of garments to cover the body, accessories are a considerable part of our wardrobes and help to define the way we present ourselves to…

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Evanston Remembers: The Centennial of World War I

In an effort to mark the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, the Evanston History Center is publishing a series of profiles documenting various aspects related to the war and exploring Evanston’s role in it. After the U.S. declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917, and entered World War I,…

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Maiden Voyage of “EHC On the Go”

“EHC On the Go” had it’s maiden trip on Saturday, March 18.  20 charter members made the bus trip to visit historic sites in Lombard including the Sheldon Peck Homestead (verified Underground Railroad stop) and The Victorian Cottage.  After lunch in scenic downtown Lombard, we boarded the bus and traveled to the Mayslake Peabody Estate…

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Upcoming Events

June 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Forest Foray Walking Tour (New this year!)
  • EHC Closed for 1 pm tours
  • "Pop Up" Talk: Introduction to Self-Publishing and Print on Demand
  • EHC Closed for Tours
  • Spencer Jourdain Discusses his new book, "Dream Dancers"
  • 120th Annual Meeting
  • EHC Closed for Tours
  • Burnham in Evanston Walking Tour

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