Book on the History of Randhurst Released

History of Randhurst Shopping Center Front Cover by Greg T. PeerbolteBook on the History of Randhurst Shopping Center to be released by the Mount Prospect Historical Society

Randhurst has been synonymous with Mount Prospect for almost fifty years and now that it has been redeveloped and is entering its second phase as Randhurst Village, the Mount Prospect Historical Society is pleased to announce the release of a book on the original mall.

“Randhurst: Suburban Chicago’s Grandest Shopping Center,” published by The History Press of Charleston, SC and London, England, is available for $19.99 from the Historical Society, 101 S. Maple St., or at our store on this website.

This is the Society’s first full-text book since 1991. The work also contains over 80 images, some of which have never before been released to the general public. It discusses the complete history of Randhurst Shopping Center from its inception circa 1958 to its redevelopment today.

“We hope that this book is both a worthy tribute to the many memories of this institution, as well as an optimistic look forward to its future with the fast-approaching opening of Randhurst Village,” said Greg Peerbolte, the Society’s director and author of the work.

History of Randhurst Shopping Center Back Cover by Greg T. PeerbolteThe carefully researched book, containing nearly 200 citations, was made possible largely through existing material retained by the Society, according to Peerbolte.

“The detail in documenting the history in this book was made possible by the foresight of previous Society personnel. It would have been difficult researching the early days of the Center and some of the lesser-known stories surrounding it, had so much historic information not been saved,” he explained.

Peerbolte added, “I think it speaks to what our organization does best. Today’s current events are tomorrow’s history. I’m sure at one time someone thought all of the Randhurst artifacts and material in the Society’s collection were junk that should’ve been discarded.”

Proceeds from the book will benefit the Historical Society’s operating fund.

 

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