Des Plaines History Center
Creating. Inspiring. Connecting.



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

  • Tom Christiansen, President
  • Mark Thompson, Vice President
  • Elizabeth Makelim, Secretary
  • Agnes Laton, Treasurer
  • Don Miletic, Park District Liaison
  • Mike Charewicz, City Liaison
  • Rev. Dr. William G. Grice, III, Trustee
  • Libby Kinder-Edick, Trustee
  • Stan Kotecki, Trustee
  • Rhonda Popko, Trustee
  • Carol K. Shannon, Trustee
  • Kathy Vana, 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


Shari Caine, Executive Director
Philip Mohr, Curator
Carmina Gonzalez, Programs Assistant

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

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