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Preservation & Presentation of History
The preservation and presentation of the history of Des Plaines is the primary activity carried out at the Historical Museum. The museum opened in 1969 and is located in the 1906 Benjamin F. Kinder house at 789 Pearson Street. Changing exhibits chronicle the development and history of Des Plaines, and exhibits within the period rooms depict decorating trends of the early 20th century. Educational and cultural programs for the enrichment of the entire community are offered at the museum and various sites throughout the City.
The museum also functions as an auxiliary to local schools by supplementing their programs on local history. Slide programs, tours, demonstrations, and lectures are available through the museum. The museum's library contains a wealth of primary source materials and photographs that relate to the City and surrounding Maine Township.
The Des Plaines Historical Society is headquartered at the museum. Chartered in 1967, the Historical Society has a membership of individuals, families, and businesses interested in the preservation of local history. Visitors to the Kid’s Korner in the Des Plaines History Center will be transformed to life in the early pioneer days along the City’s namesake river, thanks to a nature mural painted by local artist Jeffrey Scott Goranson and funded by the Des Plaines Kiwanis Club.
For additional information call the museum at 847-391-5399 or
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City of Des Plaines
1420 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
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