2nd Annual “Stadtmitte History Crawl”

Showcases the Best of Downtown: Past, Present and Future

Stadmitte 2010 in Mount Prospect, IL

During last year’s Stadtmitte History Crawl, participants listen to “William and Dina Busse” (Paul Hoefert and Jill Tumberger) discuss the location of their former home on the site of what is now Vino100.

What do early Mount Prospect residents, current downtown businesses, and the Mount Prospect Historical Society have in common? All are ingredients in the Society’s second annual “Stadtmitte History Crawl,” to be held on Friday evening, July 29th. “Stadtmitte” is German for downtown, and the event will appropriately feature a look at Mount Prospect’s German heritage by meeting some of its earliest “residents” as well as showcasing its current businesses and their historic locations. The event will be accompanied by food, drink and live music for the duration of the evening.

As Mount Prospect Historical Society Executive Director Greg Peerbolte explains, “This event borrows many concepts from other Society events and activities, including our former Cemetery Walk, Holiday Housewalk and ‘Mount Prospect Stories’.” Peerbolte noted that last year’s inaugural event was so successful, attracting over one hundred “crawlers,” that the Society got calls from other historic agencies looking to hold their own “History Crawls.”

“It’s meant to be a total sensory experience,” Peerbolte continues, “and really a fun way to learn a little history, support locally-owned downtown businesses, and overall fosters an appreciation of the community of Mount Prospect.”

The event runs between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and begins on the Village Green. Tickets to the event are $15 and benefit the Society’s operating and educational fund. Businesses participating this year include: Vino100, Mrs. P & Me, Keefer’s Pharmacy, Sub Express, Blues Bar and others. For more information, contact the Society at 847/ 392-9006.

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