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Hours  Sundays, 1– 4pm Tuesdays– Fridays, 10am–5pm 781 Pearson Street • 847-391-5399 • www.desplaineshistory.org Hands-On History Programs Victorian Christmas Wednesday, December 5 and Sunday, December 9 1:00 –3:00pm • Free Many of our modern-day Christmas customs have their roots in Victorian Christmas traditions. Step back in time this winter and explore Victorian-era holiday traditions like decorating the tree, Christmas cards, preparing for Santa Claus, and more. Sponsored by VFW Post 2992 Curious Clothes Wednesday, January 2 and Sunday, January 6 1:00 –3:00pm • Free Where did people get their clothes hundreds of years ago? This month, we're looking at the history of fabrics and clothing and how people made their own clothes from natural materials like cotton, silk, and wool. We'll try on some old-fashioned outfits, explore how different fabrics keep us warm or cool, and felt our own artistic creations! Sponsored by VFW Post 2992 Natural Art Inspired by Peggy Macnamara Wednesday, February 6 and Sunday, February 10 1:00 –3:00pm • Free Peggy Macnamara's stunning paintings combine beautiful watercolors with intricately detailed plants, animals, insects, etc. Join us this month to explore how natural history and art connect in Peggy's work. We will experiment with watercolors to make our own natural art inspired by real-life plant and animal models. Sponsored by VFW Post 2992 Special Events Kinder House Tours Tuesdays–Fridays, 10am–5pm Sundays, 1– 4pm • Free! Tours start at 781 Pearson Come step back into the early 20th century! The History Center’s 1907 house museum is open for tours. We would love to see you! The Des Plaines History Center is supported by the City of Des Plaines, the Des Plaines Park District, its members, and other local business and community contributors. Thank you to the Des Plaines Kiwanis Club for sponsoring children’s programming at the History Center. The Des Plaines History Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 48 Chestnut Roasting at Metropolitan Square Friday, December 7 4:00 –7:00pm • Tree lighting at 6:30pm • Free We’ve all heard about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” but have you actually tried some? Join us at Metropolitan Square for the City of Des Plaines Holiday Tree Lighting! Festivities begin at 4pm, and the History Center crew will be there roasting chestnuts. Holiday Open House at Des Plaines Historical Center Sunday, December 16 2:00 –5:00pm • Free Join us for an afternoon of holiday cheer of hot mulled cider, carols, and festive activities for all ages! Come to sing, eat, and make your own holiday card to share with a loved one. Meet our new staff and learn more about your local History Center. Coffee Talks "Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago” Thursday, January 10 • 1:30 –2:30pm • $3 suggested donation William Hazelgrove, best-selling author, will discuss his book about the end of American Italian gangs in Chicago. The end of Prohibition also ended the era for which Chicago is most well- known. Join us for a lively historical discussion. Artist Peggy Macnamara Thursday, February 14 • 1:30 –2:30pm • $3 suggested donation Join us on Valentine’s Day for a discussion with Peggy Macnamara, resident artist at the Field Museum, who will talk about the relationship between history, nature, and art. She has years of experience both as a naturalist and watercolorist. Open to everyone interested in nature and beautiful watercolor paintings. www.peggymacnamara.com