Des Plaines History Center
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Presentations

The Des Plaines History Center is building a repertoire of programs geared toward young people and adults. Teachers and group leaders can contact DPHC staff to schedule any of these programs for their group. The History Center provides these free of charge. Programs can be edited to fit your schedule. Please check back frequently to see this list develop!

Best for Young People

"Des Plaines History in a Nutshell" is a brief overview of settlement, farming, suburban development, recreation, education, railroads, industry, and commerce at some key points in Des Plaines History. This is mostly a fact-based program and a good way to jumpstart discussion. All presentations can be tailored to your group.

"Keeping Warm at the Kinder House" includes a tour of the historic Kinder House with special attention paid to heating (and cooling) and how people stayed warm around the turn of the 20th century. Then the group will learn about quilts and make their own quilt squares to take home.

COMING SOON "Growing in a Greenhouse" introduces young people to the art and science of growing plants in a greenhouse and includes the history of growing flowers commercially in Des Plaines. Then the group will "plant" a seed in a bag and be able to see it sprout within days.

Best for Adults

"Des Plaines History in a Nutshell" is a brief overview of settlement, farming, suburban development, recreation, education, railroads, industry, and commerce at some key points in Des Plaines History. This is mostly a fact-based program and a good way to jumpstart discussion. All presentations can be tailored to your group.

COMING SOON "Des Plaines: City of Roses" delves into the history of growing flowers in greenhouses in Des Plaines. This is one of the grandest histories of the city that has almost completely disappeared.