Des Plaines Memory

Des Plaines Memory is an online archive of photographs, documents and memorabilia related to the city of Des Plaines, its people, places and institutions - dating from the 1800s to the present day.

Des Plaines Memory is a unique collection because it’s full of historical and cultural materials that can’t be found anywhere else. All materials are locally sourced. Contributions come from the archives of the Des Plaines History Center, the library, community organizations like the Des Plaines Park District, and individuals - that's you!

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What you will find on Des Plaines Memory

Vintage photographs | Postcards | Family snapshots | Letters | Artwork | Diaries | Articles | Manuscripts | Digital exhibits | Videos
and more! New collections are being added all the time.



Individuals can contribute to the My Des Plaines Memory collection. Share whatever you think is important! Here are some ideas to get you started:

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on your life | Family history | Personal achievements | Businesses you own | Your life at work or school | Changes to your city or neighborhood | Your involvement in clubs, politics, sports, faith communities, etc. | Arts or crafts you’ve created 

Learn more about this special collection and see what others have contributed on our My Des Plaines Memory page. Learn more about how you can contribute on our Share Your Story page.


The Des Plaines Memory site, collections, and individual items are managed and maintained by the Des Plaines Public Library.

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