MPHS Receives Alarm System

Mount Prospect Historical Society Receives Alarm System

The Mount Prospect Historical Society has received a state-of-the-art alarm system for its museum campus.  The alarm panels were donated and installed free of charge by Active Alarm Company of Lake Zurich, Illinois.

“I cannot get overly specific about the protection that is being provided to us, but I can say that our entire museum campus, including the Central School, now enjoys a very high level of security,” said Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society.  “As museum professionals, it is our charge to not only to display and interpret, but also to defend the artifacts that mean so much to our communities.”

Because of the age of the artifacts in the collection, and given the fact that Historical Society’s two main buildings are over a century old, security is a chief concern for the organization.

“While theft and vandalism are big concerns, a far greater and devastating worry is fire.  A burglar can only carry out a small amount of items, but a fire is capable of wiping out an entire collection in minutes.  However, with this new security system, and our existing dry sprinkler system, we are protected quite well,” said Peerbolte.

“Active Alarm Company and history go hand in hand,” said John Gatsakos, president of the firm.  “My wife and I have deep roots in the Mount Prospect area, having grown up there and we still have family in town.  We hoped that by giving back to a community that watched over us as we matured, we would be able to show some appreciation.”

“Also, after providing over 45 years of dependable burglar, fire, and CCTV systems installed by our qualified technicians,” he continued, “we felt it fitting to donate an alarm system to help the Mount Prospect Historical Society inform future generations about what makes us who we are now.”

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