The Historical Society is housed in what was formerly the Dawes mansion across the street from the lakefront. From 1904-57 the the Dawes family resided here. There is a school in Evanston as well as lots of other things named in rememberance of one of Evanston's most famous citizens. Charles Dawes achieved many great things in his life including serving as Vice President of the United States!
I went on a private tour which starts with a video presentation, then I was guided thru-out this facinating mansion. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was a volunteer from Northwestern University. Part of the second floor is dedicated to Civil War history.