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History in the making.

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 pictures, postcards, letters, newspapers, diaries, pamphlets and much more. We hope that you will share, comment, and contribute your own stories about Des Plaines too!

Des Plaines Memory is a collaborative effort between the Des Plaines Public Library and the Des Plaines History Center—and you!


Des Plaines History

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.

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My Des Plaines Memory

My Des Plaines Memory is the collection curated by you! Post your own pictures and share your memories and knowledge of Des Plaines' past. Start contributing now!

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The Gallery

The Gallery on Des Plaines Memory is a great place for local artists to display their work online. Des Plaines artists can upload pictures of their artwork by filling out a simple form. Start contributing now!

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Local Newspapers

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

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Telephone Directories

This collection brings together telephone directories from Des Plaines and the surrounding communities. The directories are a great tool for doing genealogical and historical research.

This collection can be used only at the Library and the History Center.

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Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
847.827.5551
Des Plaines History Center
781 Pearson Street
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
847.391.5399

This project was conceived during Project ILEAD U — Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover: The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute, a continuing education initiative developed by the Illinois State Library.

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