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Des Plaines History Book Released

The history of this community is told in a new book written by David Whittingham of the Des Plaines Public Library in a joint initiative with the Des Plaines History Center.

The following was submitted by Joanne Griffin of the Des Plaines Public Library.

Des Plaines is an old suburban community that remains vital, in part, because it has been a transportation hub since the mid-nineteenth century. The history of this community is told in a new book written by David Whittingham of the Des Plaines Public Library in a joint initiative with the Des Plaines History Center. The book tells the story of Des Plaines using photographs from the 1830’s to the present day.

A book launch party will be held at the Des Plaines library on Friday, Dec. 14.

An informal reception starting at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a talk at 7 p.m. by author David Whittingham about the making of the book. The public is invited to attend. The launch party will include the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by the author.

Can’t make it to the launch party but want to buy a copy of the book? Stop by the Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson Street. Copies will be available for purchase in their gift shop. While you are there, take the opportunity to view their exhibits about Des Plaines’ history. You may contact the Center at (847) 391-5399.

To request your copy signed by the author, please contact David at dwhittingham@dppl.org.

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