Des Plaines History Center
History is here for you.



The Des Plaines History Center collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Des Plaines and its people and provides access to those resources through exhibits, educational programs and research facilities.


To create a great future by inspiring and connecting people to the history of Des Plaines and to the world through an understanding of heritage, traditions, culture, and community.

Hours of Operation

The Des Plaines History Center is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am - 5pm, and Sundays, 1-4pm.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center at 781 Pearson Street features exhibits, monthly programs, local history archives, gift shop, and staff offices.


Board of Trustees

  • Mark Thompson, President

  • Stan Kotecki, Vice President

  • Elizabeth Makelim, Secretary

  • Kristina Khoshaba, Treasurer

  • Tom Christiansen, Past-president

  • Don Miletic, Park District Liaison

  • Mike Charewicz, Trustee

  • Graham Hills, Trustee

  • Libby Kinder, Trustee

  • Rhoda Popko, Trustee

  • Carol K. Shannon, Trustee

  • Kathy Vana, Trustee

  • Brian Wolf, Trustee

  • Ellen Yearwood, Trustee

The Des Plaines History Center Board of Trustees meet the second Wednesday of each month, January through December, at 7:00pm at the History Center's Visitor Center building, 781 Pearson Street.


Kinder House

The Kinder House at 789 Pearson Street is a 1907-era house museum open for tours during all regular History Center hours and for some special events.

More information about the Kinder House and Tours


Philip Mohr, Executive Director
Emma Marston, Interpretive Curator
Siobhan Heraty, Curator of Collections

Rachel Birkner, Administrative Coordinator

Des Plaines History Center
781 Pearson St.
Des Plaines, IL60016
(847) 391-5399

Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am - 5pm
Sundays, 1pm-4pm