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Theodore A. Lams entered political life in Mount Prospect when he ran as trustee unopposed in 1945. After his second term as trustee, then Village President Maurice Pendleton announced he would not seek re-election in 1953, so Lams ran, also unopposed, and won as the village’s fifth President. The village was in booming times created by the migration of thousands of people and families from Chicago that sought “gracious country living.” Scrambling to respond, Lams hired a village manager and set up a managerial structure of municipal government. To build up Mount Prospect’s sales tax revenue and to lay the groundwork for economic development, Lams annexed land for a massive shopping center on Rand Road that still stands today – Randhurst. Lams was re-elected to his second and final mayoral term in 1957 as part of the “Village Welfare Party.” Lams’ mild, almost meek, mannerisms and even temperament brought a calming factor to the sometimes volatile environment and challenges of a massively growing community. Lams’ is also considered one of Village of Mount Prospect's most artistic mayors. That’s because he worked for the majority of his professional career as professor of Music at Northwestern University. He taught the pipe organ and piano, and played every Sunday for the choir at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, as well as served as an organist and choir director for various Lutheran churches in the Chicago area. Lams and his wife, Hildegarde, lived at 117 S. William St., where they raised four daughters. #FlashbackFriday #mountprospect #mountprospectcentennial #mountprospect100 ... See MoreSee Less

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Our summer intern, Alicia, goes back to college tomorrow, so today was her last day. We want to give a huge shout out and thanks for all of the hard work she did this summer. From cataloging artifacts in the collection, to helping out with our summer programs, she did an outstanding job! THANK YOU, Alicia!! ... See MoreSee Less

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