The desk pictured above was Rand’s personal desk, and is currently located in the Des Plaines History Center’s Kinder House Museum. The circa 1860 kneehole desk is made from cherry wood, and has a leather writing surface. Originally, and now unfortunately lost, the desk included a walnut bookcase that sat on top. The desk was used in the office of Rand’s grist mill in Des Plaines, and is the only personal artifact of Rand that we have in the DPHC collection.
To learn more about Socrates Rand and the founding of Des Plaines, stop by the History Center any time Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm.