Speakers Bureau

The Evanston History Center offers connections to a broad range of speakers through our Speakers Bureau. Some of our speakers are in-house experts. Some have given presentations in our popular “Under the Buffalo” series. If you are looking for someone to present at a meeting, luncheon, or any other event, EHC’s Speakers Bureau is a great place to start.

How it works: contact each speaker directly to make arrangements by clicking on the link for more information. For EHC staff, you can contact them via email by click on their names or by calling EHC. EHC does not handle bookings or negotiate speaking fees. Speaking fees may apply and are determined on a case-by-case basis.

EHC heartily endorses this fantastic group of talented professionals!

BGeiger Barbara Geiger

Landscape Historian Barbara Geiger connects our amazing landscape heritage to our modern-day needs and interests with enthusiasm, knowledge, and expertise. A gifted speaker, Barbara serves as a popular tour leader in the Art Institute of Chicago Member Travel program, where she offers several day-long tours each year, including “Inside The Devil in the White City,” a perennial favorite. Her presentations on Downton Abbey sold out across the region in 2012-2013.

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LGoddard Leslie Goddard

Author and historian, Leslie Goddard has been presenting history lectures and performing first-person programs in the Chicago area for more than ten years. She is a former museum director and the author of two books on Chicago history. She also holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history. Her nationally recognized programs include presentations for the Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago’s Navy Pier, WBEZ-Chicago Amplified, Questers International, and scores of schools, universities, museums, libraries, clubs, and businesses.

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 Kris pic Kris Hartzell

Director of Facilities, Visitor Services, and Collections at EHC, Kris manages architectural preservation, collection conservation and educational interpretation of the Dawes House. Former Vice Chair of the Evanston Preservation Commission, Kris leads regular architectural tours of Evanston, co-authored a book on local architecture and speaks to regional organizations and the public on historic architecture and Evanston history.  She believes in the power of architecture to tell the many stories of a community, and enjoys sharing those stories with a broader audience. Kris has a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Northwestern University and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

AIsaacs Anette Isaacs

A true cosmopolitan, German born and raised Anette Isaacs shares her vast  knowledge about her native country’s history, culture, society, and politics. Aside from leading international tours and teaching college courses, Anette lectures widely on topics ranging from “The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall” to “Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust in Berlin and Germany.”

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unnamed Eden Juron Pearlman

Eden Juron Pearlman has been the Executive Director of the Evanston History Center (EHC), since May 2005. Before becoming Director Ms. Pearlman was the Curator of Collections at EHC, a position she held beginning December 1996. Ms. Pearlman holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Art History from the University of Illinois, as well as a graduate certificate in museum studies, also from the University of Illinois. She enjoys lecturing on varied topics including Evanston History, House Museums, Early 20th century art and architecture, and local interest.

NKipnis Nathan Kipnis, AIA, LEED BD+C

Principal, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, Nathan Kipnis is an award-winning architect who lectures extensively on topics related to green architectural design, historically derived climatically based architectural design, and renewable energy. He has presented at numerous venues including, Mother Earth News Fair,  Northwestern University, the Chicago AIA, Archeworks, GreenBuild, The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and the Center for Green Technology in Chicago.

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Jenny Thompson

EHC Director of Education. Jenny Thompson’s work focuses on late 19th and 20th century American social and cultural history, the history of visual images, and the cultural history of war.  Jenny has a BA from San Francisco State University, an MA in American Studies from the George Washington University, and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Maryland. Her books include, War Games: Inside the World of 20th Century War Reenactors (2004, 2010), My Hut: A Memoir of a YMCA Volunteer in World War One, (editor, 2006), and Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History (editor, 2013). Her essays and articles have appeared in anthologies and journals, including the New York Times.


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MarkNussbaum Mark E. Nussbaum, P.E.

A mechanical engineer in private practice, Mark Nussbaum specializes in the preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. He brings his vast expertise to the topics of preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. He has an extensive background in designing mechanical systems and implementing sustainable, green technologies in historic structures. Presentation topics include:  “Historic Structures & Green Technology: Renewal from the Ground Up.”

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LOkrent Lawrence Okrent

A Chicago-based urban planning and zoning consultant, Lawrence Okrent has been professionally involved in some of the most significant projects realized in metropolitan Chicago during his 40-year career.  He is the author of Chicago from the Sky: A Region Transformed, an illustrated history of ongoing change in Chicago and the region from 1985 to 2010.  His copiously illustrated lectures have been presented at universities, historical societies and professional and cultural organizations throughout the city and suburbs.  Current presentation topics include The Evolving Face of Chicago: 1985-2013, the Historic Development of Grant Park, and Illinois Center/Lakeshore East: City-within-a-City.

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unnamed Lori Osborne

Lori Osborne is Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project. Osborne also serves as Vice President for Operations of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. Osborne holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago. She is available to speak on the following topics: Evanston History; Evanston’s women’s history; Frances Willard and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union; and the Women’s Suffrage movement in Illinois.