Des Plaines History Center
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Special Events

Looking for something to do and an opportunity to learn more about the Des Plaines History Center?
Try one of these upcoming events!

Each year, the History Center hosts and participates in special events, both at the History Center and throughout the community. Find out more about our upcoming events below.


Events Coming in 2018. Visit our calendar for more.

Special Columbus Day Coffee Talk: "Exploring Native American Culture" with Kim Sigafus on Monday, October 8 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.  Dressed in traditional Ojibwa regalia, author Kim Sigafus will share her knowledge of Native people who lived in Illinois in the 1800s and their traditions. There will also be opportunities for audience participation through drumming and singing, and a sample of Native food. Adults, families, and children are all welcome to attend this program, which will include a Talking Feather craft at 12pm before the program begins at 1pm.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration: Saturday, October 28 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Join us right after the “Halloween Hoopla” city parade for the Fourth Annual Día de los Muertos altar competition. We will celebrate one of the oldest traditions in Mexico that dates back to the Aztec period. All children and their families are invited to paint sugar skulls, view ofrendas/altars and see the artwork on view.