Anyone looking for something fun and different to do with their children on Presidents’ Day should plan a visit to the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., for special kids tours. The Dawes House will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 15 and will be showcasing the Vice Presidential career of Evanston’s own Charles Gates Dawes, the 30th Vice President of the United States. Tours are designed for children ages 1st grade and older and will be offered at a special price of $5 per child ($10 adults/EHC members free) for the day. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 pm and last about 45 minutes.
Mr. Dawes was Vice President from 1922-1926 and served under President Calvin Coolidge. His Evanston home was used as a campaign headquarters and remained his home throughout his term in Washington and until his death in 1951. Dawes is also known for his service in WWI where he earned the rank of Brigadier General and as a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work drafting the Allied Forces plan for concluding WWI.
The Dawes House features period furnishings from the 1920s on the first floor and EHC’s Evanston history galleries on the second floor. In addition, for President’s Day only, Dawes campaign memorabilia will be on display.
For more information, please see the Evanston History Center web site at www.evanstonhistorycenter.org or call 847-475-3410.