The Evanston History Center will be closed for tours and there will be no research room hours on Saturday, May 12, 2018. There will not be regular tours of the house on Sunday, May 13, 2018, but the house will be open for the Annual Mother’s Day House Walk. We hope you will join us for our Annual Mother’s Day House Walk on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

43rd Annual Mother's Day House Walk on Sunday, May 13

Join Us in Celebrating 43 Years of Evanston’s History and Architecture! This year we celebrate the many ways in which houses in Evanston have adapted over time. Changes in modern lifestyles and changes in the community are reflected in the structures we call home.

The 43rd annual Mother’s Day House Walk, presented by the Evanston History Center and our premiere sponsor Evanston Community Bank & Trust, will feature six historically and architecturally extraordinary houses, and of course the incomparable Dawes House in the Lakeshore Historic District. Through the House Walk, we will begin to tell the story of preservation and restoration in Evanston.

Click here to learn more, or click here to purchase tickets.

Highlights

The Sit-In at Northwestern University, May 1968

Fifty years ago, a group of Black students at Northwestern University made headlines. On May 3, 1968, they occupied the university’s business office (commonly known as the bursar’s office) and announced that they would not leave until their demands were met. Their demands, submitted to university officials in April 1968, focused on a wide range…

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ETHS students in DC the day MLK was assassinated

On April 4, 1968, a group of Evanston Township High School (ETHS) students and their adult chaperones were in Washington, D.C., on a spring-break visit to the nation’s capital. Until about 6:30 p.m. or so that day, the trip had gone as planned. But as we approached the entrance to the Jefferson Memorial, which we…

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43rd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk

The Evanston History Center’s 43rd Mother’s Day House Walk is on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Click here to purchase tickets!

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Listen Up! A chat with the exhibit curator (with musical interludes)

  Don’t miss exhibit curator, Kris Hartzell, talking about the Evanston History Center’s newest exhibit Listen Up! Click here to listen to the conversation. Listen Up! A History of Audio Technology On view at the Evanston History Center, February 2-June 17, 2018, Thursdays through Sundays, 1pm-4pm. Admission: $10, members free. Admission includes an optional house tour, which begins…

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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.