| Established 1976 |
Watch this site for announcements of events and exhibits at our gallery.
We are open again during construction.
The City of Evanston has built a bridge to our front door spanning the moat in front of our building. The moat is supposed to be filled in by September 31. Construction of new sidewalks and streetscape improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of October.
Matsumoto Castle and Moat
Punch cartoon, circa 1855
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 should be available at all times. The City tells us traffic in both directions will continue as before, and 48 hours notice will be given of when actual construction will take place.
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.
If you're planning a visit, we recommend calling ahead to see what the situation is for the day.
"Business carried on as usual" reads the placard in the Punch cartoon above, and we hope to maintain normal hours, but again, it will be best to check with us before heading to our gallery.
Thank you for your patience. We look forward to a safer, more attractive Central Street once the project is completed.
George & Mary
Mini-Abe Visits Evanston's Central Street
Mini-Abe, the tiny mascot of the Illinois Tourism Bureau https://www.enjoyillinois.com/
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: