Evanston History Center

Evanston History Center The mission of the Evanston History Center is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of the City of Evanston and surrounding areas through exhibits, educational programs and research facilities.
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Find out more at www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. You can reach EHC staff by calling (847) 475-3410 during business hours, Tuesday-Friday 9 am - 4 pm.

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Many, many thanks to Judy Po***ck for giving such a terrific talk at EHC's annual meeting this week- all about #Evanston...
07/02/2021

Many, many thanks to Judy Po***ck for giving such a terrific talk at EHC's annual meeting this week- all about #Evanston birds! It was a riveting and relevant presentation. Prairie chickens, the climate crisis, and the naming of birds - the topics Ms. Po***ck discussed were fascinating. Ms. Po***ck is the president of the Chicago Audubon Society. You can learn more here: https://www.chicagoaudubon.org/

Many, many thanks to Judy Po***ck for giving such a terrific talk at EHC's annual meeting this week- all about #Evanston birds! It was a riveting and relevant presentation. Prairie chickens, the climate crisis, and the naming of birds - the topics Ms. Po***ck discussed were fascinating. Ms. Po***ck is the president of the Chicago Audubon Society. You can learn more here: https://www.chicagoaudubon.org/

Happy #Independence Day, everyone! Pictured here is #Evanston on 4th of July, 1957. Photo courtesy of Bill Redfield. (Th...
07/02/2021

Happy #Independence Day, everyone! Pictured here is #Evanston on 4th of July, 1957. Photo courtesy of Bill Redfield. (Thank you, Bill!) #fourthofjuly #parade #illinois

Happy #Independence Day, everyone! Pictured here is #Evanston on 4th of July, 1957. Photo courtesy of Bill Redfield. (Thank you, Bill!) #fourthofjuly #parade #illinois

The 124th Annual Meeting of the #Evanston History Center will be held this evening, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm ...
06/30/2021

The 124th Annual Meeting of the #Evanston History Center will be held this evening, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm (central.) All are welcome (only EHC members may vote). After the business portion of the meeting the keynote address will be given by Judy Po***ck, President, Chicago Audubon Society and Bird Conservation Consultant at Living Habitats. Po***ck will discuss what Evanston’s birdlife would have been like before colonization and how that compares to today. Pollack has extensive experience in engaging communities in bird conservation and habitat restoration, working with nature preservation organizations as a consultant, staff and volunteer. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, click here for more info: https://bit.ly/36586je. #chicagoaudobonsociety #birdconservation

The 124th Annual Meeting of the #Evanston History Center will be held this evening, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm (central.) All are welcome (only EHC members may vote). After the business portion of the meeting the keynote address will be given by Judy Po***ck, President, Chicago Audubon Society and Bird Conservation Consultant at Living Habitats. Po***ck will discuss what Evanston’s birdlife would have been like before colonization and how that compares to today. Pollack has extensive experience in engaging communities in bird conservation and habitat restoration, working with nature preservation organizations as a consultant, staff and volunteer. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, click here for more info: https://bit.ly/36586je. #chicagoaudobonsociety #birdconservation

#Evanston, c. 1920-1921. Orrington Ave at Church Street, northwest corner. The future site of the Orrington Hotel (which...
06/29/2021

#Evanston, c. 1920-1921. Orrington Ave at Church Street, northwest corner. The future site of the Orrington Hotel (which was completed in 1923).

#Evanston, c. 1920-1921. Orrington Ave at Church Street, northwest corner. The future site of the Orrington Hotel (which was completed in 1923).

#Evanston, 1889. Looking north from the no longer extant Central School, which was located at Main Street and Elmwood Av...
06/23/2021

#Evanston, 1889. Looking north from the no longer extant Central School, which was located at Main Street and Elmwood Ave. The building with the cupola, visible in the distance, is the first Evanston Township High School, which opened in 1883.

#Evanston, 1889. Looking north from the no longer extant Central School, which was located at Main Street and Elmwood Ave. The building with the cupola, visible in the distance, is the first Evanston Township High School, which opened in 1883.

An historic #Juneteenth! Today marks the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States, and, ...
06/19/2021

An historic #Juneteenth! Today marks the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States, and, the first time the U.S. government has officially recognized Juneteenth as a federal holiday. #Evanston celebrates, commemorates, and honors this day! https://www.evanstonhistorycenter.org/juneteenth/

An historic #Juneteenth! Today marks the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States, and, the first time the U.S. government has officially recognized Juneteenth as a federal holiday. #Evanston celebrates, commemorates, and honors this day! https://www.evanstonhistorycenter.org/juneteenth/

#Evanston, Rinn Street (now South Boulevard), 1896. The street was named for Jacob Rinn (1836-1928.) In 1851, Rinn immig...
06/14/2021

#Evanston, Rinn Street (now South Boulevard), 1896. The street was named for Jacob Rinn (1836-1928.) In 1851, Rinn immigrated to the U.S. from Heuchelheim, Germany, and settled in the village of South Evanston. Rinn and his wife Mary lived at 527 Chicago Ave and Rinn had an office at Chicago Ave and Keeney St. He claimed ownership of land (partly shown here) for farming, and later became involved in a number of occupations, from real estate to the sale of coal and lumber. Rinn later deeded a parcel of his land to the city. After Evanston annexed South Evanston in 1892, the street was renamed South Boulevard. In 1920, the city of Evanston awarded (?) 85-year-old Rinn with the prize of being the city’s “oldest citizen.” #landhistory

It's #MuseumWeek2021 ! Day 1 theme: "beginning." And so we offer an image of the house that once stood on the site now o...
06/07/2021

It's #MuseumWeek2021 ! Day 1 theme: "beginning." And so we offer an image of the house that once stood on the site now occupied by the HQ of the #Evanston History Center at 225 Greenwood. General A.C. Ducat built this lovely house, c. 1868, and lived there for many years with his family. In 1888, the house was sold for $40,000 to Robert Sheppard who prepared to build a mansion worthy of his position as business manager of Northwestern University. Around 1892, Sheppard had the old Ducat house moved across town (628 Library Place) where it served as a dormitory. Some time in the 1940s, the house was demolished. #OnceUponAtimeMW

It's #MuseumWeek2021 ! Day 1 theme: "beginning." And so we offer an image of the house that once stood on the site now occupied by the HQ of the #Evanston History Center at 225 Greenwood. General A.C. Ducat built this lovely house, c. 1868, and lived there for many years with his family. In 1888, the house was sold for $40,000 to Robert Sheppard who prepared to build a mansion worthy of his position as business manager of Northwestern University. Around 1892, Sheppard had the old Ducat house moved across town (628 Library Place) where it served as a dormitory. Some time in the 1940s, the house was demolished. #OnceUponAtimeMW

#Evanston, summer, 1921: Looking out for "your health and comfort"- that was "Bungalow," located at 711 Main Street. A c...
06/03/2021

#Evanston, summer, 1921: Looking out for "your health and comfort"- that was "Bungalow," located at 711 Main Street. A cool refreshing dish along with a little fountain service sounds good even a hundred years later! Bungalow's former home is now occupied by Dave's Rock Shop.

#Evanston Township High School, 1967. View of a major construction project underway on campus. #ETHS
06/02/2021

#Evanston Township High School, 1967. View of a major construction project underway on campus. #ETHS

#Evanston Township High School, 1967. View of a major construction project underway on campus. #ETHS

Grace Venture Partners and the #Evanston Women's History Project at the Evanston History Center present: A special recep...
06/01/2021

Grace Venture Partners and the #Evanston Women's History Project at the Evanston History Center present: A special reception to celebrate tennis great Katrina Adams and the release of her new book, “Own The Arena.” The event takes place Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 5:00 pm– 8:00pm, at the Evanston History Center. This is an invite-only event. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Limited space. Guests will receive a free copy of the book. Register here: https://bit.ly/3ierPEJ #ownthearena

Grace Venture Partners and the #Evanston Women's History Project at the Evanston History Center present: A special reception to celebrate tennis great Katrina Adams and the release of her new book, “Own The Arena.” The event takes place Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 5:00 pm– 8:00pm, at the Evanston History Center. This is an invite-only event. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Limited space. Guests will receive a free copy of the book. Register here: https://bit.ly/3ierPEJ #ownthearena

Monday, May 31 is #MemorialDay. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” it was a day set aside to visit the graves of thos...
05/28/2021

Monday, May 31 is #MemorialDay. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” it was a day set aside to visit the graves of those who died in the American Civil War and decorate them with flowers, flags, and other offerings. It was a solemn day of remembrance. Over the years, and throughout the many wars that followed the Civil War, the day expanded its focus to honor all military personnel who have died in service. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday. Here is a look at one of #Evanston’s war memorials, completed in 1930. It bears the names of all the (then known) former residents who died in the country’s wars, from the American Civil War through World War I. In the city’s Fountain Square, another newer war memorial exits, dedicated in October 2018. That memorial includes the names of those who died in all of America’s wars, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War in Afghanistan. Among the names on the memorial in Fountain Square is that of Captain Matthew Hays-Freeman (1980-2009). A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a C130 pilot, Hays-Freeman volunteered for service in Afghanistan. He was killed in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2009. Hays-Freeman was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze star for his valor and service to our country. We honor Hays-Freeman's service. And we honor all the many men and women who have died in service to the United States. #memorialday2021 #warmemorial #honorthosewhoserved https://www.evanstonhistorycenter.org/education/evanston-remembers-the-centennial-of-world-war-i/the-evanston-war-memorial/

Monday, May 31 is #MemorialDay. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” it was a day set aside to visit the graves of those who died in the American Civil War and decorate them with flowers, flags, and other offerings. It was a solemn day of remembrance. Over the years, and throughout the many wars that followed the Civil War, the day expanded its focus to honor all military personnel who have died in service. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday. Here is a look at one of #Evanston’s war memorials, completed in 1930. It bears the names of all the (then known) former residents who died in the country’s wars, from the American Civil War through World War I. In the city’s Fountain Square, another newer war memorial exits, dedicated in October 2018. That memorial includes the names of those who died in all of America’s wars, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War in Afghanistan. Among the names on the memorial in Fountain Square is that of Captain Matthew Hays-Freeman (1980-2009). A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a C130 pilot, Hays-Freeman volunteered for service in Afghanistan. He was killed in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2009. Hays-Freeman was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze star for his valor and service to our country. We honor Hays-Freeman's service. And we honor all the many men and women who have died in service to the United States. #memorialday2021 #warmemorial #honorthosewhoserved https://www.evanstonhistorycenter.org/education/evanston-remembers-the-centennial-of-world-war-i/the-evanston-war-memorial/

#Evanston, 1880. Nels Larson, florist, 626 Sherman Ave. #spring #flowers
05/25/2021

#Evanston, 1880. Nels Larson, florist, 626 Sherman Ave. #spring #flowers

#Evanston, 1880. Nels Larson, florist, 626 Sherman Ave. #spring #flowers

#Evanston, Church Street, looking east. "Economy Grocery" is open for business. Carl A. Olson, proprietor. Photograph is...
05/19/2021

#Evanston, Church Street, looking east. "Economy Grocery" is open for business. Carl A. Olson, proprietor. Photograph is undated, probably from the late 1910s/early 1920s. #Streetscene #localbusiness

#Evanston, Church Street, looking east. "Economy Grocery" is open for business. Carl A. Olson, proprietor. Photograph is undated, probably from the late 1910s/early 1920s. #Streetscene #localbusiness

Sharing info about a new exhibit from our friends at the @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary. "Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The ...
05/18/2021

Sharing info about a new exhibit from our friends at the @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary. "Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War" is a retrospective of the provocative work by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin about our nation’s time of war, civil rights, and social justice. #WhoIsBillMauldin Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the largest collection of Bill Mauldin’s work featuring 125 of his original drawings, another 35 reproduced images, and more than 20 original artifacts, spanning the breadth of his entire career from 1937 – 1994. You can learn more and purchase your exhibit tickets here: whoisbillmauldin.com

Sharing info about a new exhibit from our friends at the @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary. "Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War" is a retrospective of the provocative work by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin about our nation’s time of war, civil rights, and social justice. #WhoIsBillMauldin Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the largest collection of Bill Mauldin’s work featuring 125 of his original drawings, another 35 reproduced images, and more than 20 original artifacts, spanning the breadth of his entire career from 1937 – 1994. You can learn more and purchase your exhibit tickets here: whoisbillmauldin.com

#Evanston, 1955. Ridge Ave, looking north toward Emerson Street. On the left is Fred Emich's auto dealership, 1840 Ridge...
05/13/2021

#Evanston, 1955. Ridge Ave, looking north toward Emerson Street. On the left is Fred Emich's auto dealership, 1840 Ridge Avenue. On the right is what appears to be an easy-to-miss stop sign. A label on the photograph reads "Improvement at Ridge Ave and Emerson St." Not too sure whether this image was taken "before" or "after" said improvement. #streetscape #oldcars #roadwork

#Evanston, 1955. Ridge Ave, looking north toward Emerson Street. On the left is Fred Emich's auto dealership, 1840 Ridge Avenue. On the right is what appears to be an easy-to-miss stop sign. A label on the photograph reads "Improvement at Ridge Ave and Emerson St." Not too sure whether this image was taken "before" or "after" said improvement. #streetscape #oldcars #roadwork

#Evanston, 1882. Need your piano moved? Groceries delivered? Rubo & Peterson's Express Co. had you covered (long before ...
05/11/2021

#Evanston, 1882. Need your piano moved? Groceries delivered? Rubo & Peterson's Express Co. had you covered (long before Amazon Prime.)

#Evanston, 1882. Need your piano moved? Groceries delivered? Rubo & Peterson's Express Co. had you covered (long before Amazon Prime.)

The countdown begins! This Sunday, May 9, the #Evanston History Center's 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By begins! ...
05/06/2021

The countdown begins! This Sunday, May 9, the #Evanston History Center's 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By begins! The theme: "Prairie School: The Hidden Story of Evanston." Houses will not be open, but ticket holders will learn all about the houses and Prairie School architecture in Evanston (and more) as they walk, bike, or drive to take this year's walk. PLUS: you can go any time for as many times as you wish! The walk begins on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Purchase house walk tickets ($30 each/$25 for EHC members) by calling 847-475-3410 or by visiting www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. Ticket holders will receive a PDF version of the house walk book via email by 11:00 am on Sunday, May 9. Hard copies of the book will be available after May 14, 2021, by request for a $10 additional fee. Thanks to all who have purchased tickets already! It's EHC's biggest fundraiser of the year! #mothersday

The countdown begins! This Sunday, May 9, the #Evanston History Center's 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By begins! The theme: "Prairie School: The Hidden Story of Evanston." Houses will not be open, but ticket holders will learn all about the houses and Prairie School architecture in Evanston (and more) as they walk, bike, or drive to take this year's walk. PLUS: you can go any time for as many times as you wish! The walk begins on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Purchase house walk tickets ($30 each/$25 for EHC members) by calling 847-475-3410 or by visiting www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. Ticket holders will receive a PDF version of the house walk book via email by 11:00 am on Sunday, May 9. Hard copies of the book will be available after May 14, 2021, by request for a $10 additional fee. Thanks to all who have purchased tickets already! It's EHC's biggest fundraiser of the year! #mothersday

The countdown begins! This Sunday, May 9, the #Evanston History Center's 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By begins! ...
05/06/2021

The countdown begins! This Sunday, May 9, the #Evanston History Center's 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By begins! The theme: "Prairie School: The Hidden Story of Evanston." Houses will not be open, but ticket holders will learn all about the houses and Prairie School architecture in Evanston (and more) as they walk, bike, or drive to take this year's walk. PLUS: you can go any time for as many times as you wish! The walk begins on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Purchase house walk tickets ($30 each/$25 for EHC members) by calling 847-475-3410 or by visiting www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. Ticket holders will receive a PDF version of the house walk book via email by 11:00 am on Sunday, May 9. Hard copies of the book will be available after May 14, 2021, by request for a $10 additional fee. Thanks to all who have purchased tickets already! It's EHC's biggest fundraiser of the year! #mothersday

The countdown begins! This Sunday, May 9, the #Evanston History Center's 46th annual Mother’s Day House Walk-By begins! The theme: "Prairie School: The Hidden Story of Evanston." Houses will not be open, but ticket holders will learn all about the houses and Prairie School architecture in Evanston (and more) as they walk, bike, or drive to take this year's walk. PLUS: you can go any time for as many times as you wish! The walk begins on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Purchase house walk tickets ($30 each/$25 for EHC members) by calling 847-475-3410 or by visiting www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. Ticket holders will receive a PDF version of the house walk book via email by 11:00 am on Sunday, May 9. Hard copies of the book will be available after May 14, 2021, by request for a $10 additional fee. Thanks to all who have purchased tickets already! It's EHC's biggest fundraiser of the year! #mothersday

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225 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL
60201

CTA Purple Line, Davis Street or Dempster Street Stations; Metra UpNorth Line, Davis Street Station.

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Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(847) 475-3410

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The Dawes House is currently closed until further notice. But EHC remains open! Check our website, evanstonhistorycenter.org and this page for online resources and more! We look forward to being able to reopen with our regular hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm for tours of the Dawes House and viewing of current exhibits. Tours of the house begin on the hour. The EHC Research Room is also closed. You can reach EHC staff by email or by calling (847) 475-3410 during business hours, Tuesday-Friday 9 am - 4 pm.


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Hi there from dreary Cornwall (UK). Can anyone inform me if the funeral chapel at 1573 Maple Av. is still there please (and if anyone has a picture of it, that would be cool) TY in advance.
Hello, my name is John Cochrane from a little town called Darvel in Ayrshire, Scotland. One hundred years ago a Prof. RJ Drummond came from the USA/Canada to be in charge of the Dairy School in the nearbye town of Kilmarnock teaching all the farmers daughters(,and sons) how to make cheese. His grandaughter in a letter to our local paper over twenty years ago gave her name and address as Marion Anderson, 427 Ridge Avenue,Evanston,Illinois, 60202 USA. Just would like to get in touch with her and hear her story. Thanks for any help
Hi there, from wet and windy Cornwall (UK) I don't know if you'll be able to help me but I'm doing a research project on Zelma Sosman, who lived at 1803 Chicago Avenue, Evanston Il 60280 (08?) and today it is currently owned (or the site is) by Northwestern University. The original property seems to have been demolished and I seem unable to even find a picture of the property as it was in the 1940s! I hope that with your vast knowledge that you will be able to help me or point me in the right direction. TY in advance
Hi there, you were reccommended by a member of evanston memories page, but I don't know if you'll be able to help me. I'm doing a reseach project on Zelma Sosman. (I'm in UK), but in 1948 she had a boarding house at 1803 Chicago Avenue, Evanston Il 60280 (08?) and today it is currently owned (or the site is) by Northwestern University. What I am trying to find out is when did she sell the property, and was it to the University or a private buyer :-) It is for a research project. And I seem unable to even find a picture of the property as it was in the 1940s either! I hope that with your vast knowledge that you will be able to help me or point me in the right direction. TY in advance
Thank you History Center for speaking to us on our lakefront ride this summer. Join us for a toast to the year of riding together this Thursday: https://www.facebook.com/events/813609179096963/
On October 6 & October 7, come see the Pullman National Monument! The Historic Pullman Foundation and the Pullman Civic Organization will host their 45th Annual House Tour. The tour will feature a glimpse into seven private homes, musuem houses, exhibits, music, food, antique cars, garage sales and so much more.. House Tour tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance through 5:00 PM October 5th. Online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3321987; by phone at 773-785-8901, or $20 at the door on the days of the event. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit facade restoration projects in Pullman.
Evanston History buffs, It's probably old news, but did you know that your town is featured prominently in this old Coronet Films (Glenview, IL) piece, "What is Business?" (1948).
Join me!