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The Mount Prospect Historical Society would like to thank all of its volunteers for their outstanding support and dedication! We would not be able to do great things if it weren't for great people.
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Throwback Thursday:

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 was one of the biggest influences on 19th century culture. The fair was filled with classical architecture, moving sidewalks, a giant Ferris wheel, and culture from every part of the world. Around every corner was something new and different. Technology was exchanged, food was introduced and people were amazed. For the people who went to the World's Columbian Exposition, many of them bought souvenirs to remember the fair with.

On display at the Mount Prospect Public Library in the Harold Weary Genealogy Room are souvenirs and memorabilia from the World's Columbian Exposition. Some of the artifacts belong to residents of Mount Prospect and some are from the collections of the Mount Prospect Historical Society.

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Flashback Friday:

On this day 100 years ago, voters in the area that makes up High School District 214 (parts of Wheeling, Elk Grove and Palatine Townships) went to the polls to vote to form the new district. The idea of a high school district was hotly contested, and 1,269 men and women came out to vote on the measure.
Women in Illinois only had been granted the right to vote in referendums in 1913. While more men voted against the high school measure, with the women’s vote, it carried by a margin of 16 votes. This was the first time in Mount Prospect that women voted in an election.
Furious residents contested the vote in court, and it wasn't until 1921 that the Illinois Supreme Court validated the election and the creation of Township High School District 214.
While the town waited on the outcome of the new district, Mount Prospect established its own Mount Prospect Township High School in Wille’s Hall on Busse Avenue from about 1913 to 1917. The one-room school, with 12-16 ninth and tenth graders, focused on the agricultural sciences. These photos show the students in class with their teacher, University of Illinois graduate William H. Kasten.

For more information:
www.d214.org/district_information/a_brief_history_of_district_214.aspx;

www.mtphistory.org/schools_info.htm#Prospect%20High%20School.

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There are still tickets available for "A Night at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893." Tickets usually sell out, so do not wait! If you are interested in purchasing tickets, you can call the Mount Prospect Historical Society or click the link below to purchase your tickets through PayPal.
You do not want to miss out on this event!

847-392-9006
http://www.mtphist.org/shop-2/
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