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The Des Plaines History Center and the Des Plaines Public Library have collaborated on a marvelous new book of Des Plaines history, published by Arcadia Press. Written by librarian David Whittingham, the book collects remarkable photographs from our history, primarily from the History Center's vast collection, but also contributed (or authenticated) by local residents.

Mr. Whittingham visited our club on January 10 to talk about the book's creation and show us some wonderful images. The process of identifying, verifying and organizing the book's images was really fascinating. We purchased multiple copies and will use them as thank-you gifts to our future speakers. If you're interested in your very own copy, you can purchase the book at the History Center store and at local Walgreen's stores. The library also has multiple copies if you'd like to check one out.

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