The Evanston History Center is conducting an online crowdfunding campaign this month, hoping to match a $29,000 gift to the group to help make improvements to the center’s home in the Charles Gates Dawes house.

The center is in the midst of a larger $4 million capital campaign to fund a state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling system and other immediate infrastructure needs for the building as well as establish an endowment to address future needs. 

History Center Director Eden Juron Pearlman says the Dawes house is not only the largest artifact in EHCs collection, it functions to protect all of the other priceless historic materials, archives and artifacts, that EHC cares for. It also provides the main venue for EHC to fulfill its mission: sharing its remarkable local history collection with the public, through programs, exhibits and research services.

Former Evanston Mayor Jay Lytle talks about the History Center.

Donations can be made through the Crowdrise website.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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