Des Plaines Memory

Des Plaines Memory is an online archive of photographs, documents and memorabilia related to the city of Des Plaines, its people, places and institutions.

Des Plaines Memory is a unique collection because it’s full of historical and cultural materials that can’t be found anywhere else. All materials are locally sourced. Contributions come from the archives of the Des Plaines History Center, the library, community organizations like the Des Plaines Park District, and individuals - like you!


Beginning September 1st, 2020, the Des Plaines Memory digital collection will be down for a short time while we make improvements to the website. The new site will include unique features like:

  • An expanded website with digital exhibits.
  • Primary source materials for teachers and students.
  • Better searching and browsing in the collections.
  • New collections, including a collection about life in Des Plaines during COVID-19!

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