Established 1976



Watch this site for announcements of events and exhibits at our gallery.

We really are open again. Construction is nearly finished.

The City of Evanston has completed the sidewalk in front of our building. There is work still to be done -- planters, etc., but access is back to normal.

Streetscape Project

Pardon our dust! Beginning the week of August 31st and through the end of October, the City of Evanston has scheduled construction on our block of Central Street. This project will include new sidewalks, new roadway curbing and new tree pits with frames and grates.

Parking may be limited on our block, though the City promises as few disruptions as possible. The metered lot one block west of us will be available at all times. The City tells us traffic in both directions will continue as before

Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained. Neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone. Please read parking signs carefully.

Thank you for your patience. We look forward to a safer, more attractive Central Street once the project is completed.

Best wishes,

George & Mary

Mini-Abe Visits Evanston's Central Street

Mini-Abe, the tiny mascot of the Illinois Tourism Bureau visited Evanston during Thanksgiving week, partly to see the Northwestern vs Illinois "Land of Lincoln" football game. However, he was not too busy to critique a political cartoon of himself from an 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly.

Many anti-Lincoln cartoons were published during the Civil War (especially in Punch). However, those appearing in Harper's with it's strong pro-Union policy were generally favorable to Old Abe.

Here he views "The Peace Commission..." an unsigned cartoon from the January 18, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly. Lincoln's reelection in 1864 dashed Confederate hopes of dealing with the peace-without-victory Democratic presidential candidate. Thus, in early January Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens and others requested a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State William Seward.

Lincoln joined the meeting near Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads, Virginia, but nothing was resolved.

"The Peace Commission" is just one of many Civil War prints, battle scenes and maps at our Central Street Gallery.

References: Bunker, From Rail-splitter to Icon, page 332; Smith, The Lines are Drawn..., page 140.

An Unusual Map Walks In

The most unusual map we've ever encountered recently walked (literally) into our gallery. A nice young woman mentioned in the course of conversation that she loved maps so much that she had one tattooed on her foot.

It's a map of the Chicago Transit Authority elevated system. She is a frequent user of the El lines and finds the map to be handy. She has even used it to give directions.

For those not from Chicago, the picture shows the map with north at the top. The individual lines are correctly colored. You can compare it with the CTA's on-line map:

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