Local History Centers

Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street

An educational and cultural institution established in 1898 to preserve and share Evanston history. The Center is located in the Charles Gates Dawes House.


Frances Willard House Museum and Archives, 1730 Chicago Avenue

The museum and library preserves and interprets the Willard House and its historic collections on Frances Willard, women’s history, temperance, social reform, and social/political movements.


Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central Street

The museum’s mission is to share a deeper understanding and respect of American Indians. There are thousands of Native American objects on display, as well as a library that contains over 3,000 books and periodicals.


Northwestern University’s McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives, Deering Library Level 3, 1937 Sheridan Road

Home to many of the Libraries’ rarest materials, including manuscripts, archives, prints, artifacts, and all materials pertaining to Northwestern’s history.


Shorefront Legacy Center, 2214 Ridge Avenue

Since 1995, Shorefront has collected, preserved, and educated people about Black History and communities of Evanston and the North Shore. The center holds over 250 linear feet of archival materials open for public use.

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