Evanston History Center’s New Exhibit

The Evanston History Center’s temporary exhibit A Curious Patchwork of Evanston’s Treasures. opened in June, 2011. The exhibit can be viewed Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. with tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The tour begins with the history of the Charles Gates Dawes House, the permanent exhibit on Evanston history, Milestones and Memories, and finally the temporary exhibit. The tour usually lasts hour and is given by one of the many informative tour guides.

The new exhibit centers on the Ethel Sampson patchwork quilt which was donated by the Ethel Sampson family. Mrs. Sampson spent the 1930s and 1940s sending letters to famous Americans for their aut0graphs. It worked and now the quilt is  the centerpiece bringing many decades together in one exhibit.  Even better, than the quilt is  the clothing including a woman’s bicycle riding outfit that looks smaller than a size double zero , a woman’s 1920s bathing suit, and a Christian Dior dress made in Paris. Evanston’s elaborate history also includes a movie house and the exhibit features some of the movies made by local Evanstonians.

For the $10 fee  the hour tour of the house, the main exhibit, and the temporary exhibit is well worth the trip up to Evanston for a lazy afternoon. See Evanston’s unique antiquities before the exhibit collection goes back into hibernation.

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