Explore Des Plaines' rich history and culture with Des Plaines Memory. We have materials dating from the 1800s up to the present day. You will find photographs, postcards, letters, newspapers, diaries, manuscripts and much more. We hope that you will share, comment, and contribute your own stories about Des Plaines!
Des Plaines Memory is a collaborative effort between the Des Plaines Public Library and the Des Plaines History Center—and you!
Find a wide range of materials related to Des Plaines history and culture. Materials date from the early days of our town up to the present day. We don’t always have complete information about every item in the collection. If you have information about any particular items, please leave your comments for all to enjoy.
Here at Des Plaines Memory, we believe that history begins with your history! This collection gathers together all the photographs contributed by you! If you have photographs that depict the people, businesses, institutions, and events of historical significance to Des Plaines, upload them to My Des Plaines Memory and add them to our archives. Start contributing right now!
This collection brings together issues of several local newspapers dating from 1939 to the present. The oldest newspapers were badly damaged by water and mold and are preserved here for historical research.
This collection can be used only at the Library and the History Center