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The purpose of the Des Plaines Historical Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, especially the history of Des Plaines; the Society's major function will be to discover and collect any material which may help to establish the history of the area; provide for the preservation and dissemination of historical information; offer related services with the goal of increasing and enriching public knowledge; and operate an historical museum.
The Des Plaines Historical Museum is located in the one-time home of Benjamin F. Kinder. Built in 1906-07, the house was moved to its present location in 1978. Today, the Des Plaines Historical Society operates the museum in its efforts to preserve the history of the Des Plaines area. Through exhibits, programs, and publications, you can explore the days of the past. Our extensive Research Library, open to the public, contains photographs, biographies, city directories, census rolls, cemetery records, andmore. Many geneaologists and researchers have used the library's resources to trace family heritage and other historical topics. The Society also offers educational outreach programs and a variety of slide presentations, lectures, and hands-on activities on local history subjects.
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