Silent Movie Night Returns Again for Another Encore!

movie night

LPS Teacher Toby Black watches Felix the Cat

When was the last time you attended a silent movie?  Yes, a movie with no sound!

Join the Mount Prospect Historical Society at the museum campus, 101-103 S. Maple St., on Wednesday, July 26 (rain date July 27) and enjoy old-fashioned silent movies.  The museum grounds open at 7:30 p.m. and the silent movies start at 8 p.m.

Silent film had no spoken dialogue.  Actors used muted gestures and emphasized their body language and facial expressions so the audience could understand the feeling the actor was portraying on the screen.  It was common for a pianist to play background music.

Bring your chair or blanket and sit beneath the summer night skies as the Mount Prospect Historical Society takes you back to the early days of cinema.  The Historical Society will be showing films featuring Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Movie goers will have an opportunity to purchase refreshments and ice cream, and you may even get the opportunity to take a peek inside the 1896 Central Schoolhouse to see how far restoration has come.

All proceeds support the many educational projects of the Society and help to pay for upkeep on the more than 100-year-old museum and 1896 one-room Central Schoolhouse.  For more information about contributing to the Central School project, phone 847/392-9006.

An Exciting Slate for Fun Summer Activities for Children

Exploring Life as a Prairie Girl & Centennial Girl:
Thursday, July 20
“The Science of History” – Waterwheels:
Thursday, July 27

The Mount Prospect Historical Society is turning back the clock to offer two different programs for girls on Thursday, July 20. “Life as a Prairie Girl,” for girls entering 2nd grade and above, will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will explore life in the late 19th century. The prairie girls will make dolls, try old-fashioned chores and games, learn about gardening and make lemonade “from scratch.”

Prairie Girl Registration

Participant(s) Name:
Entering Grade:

In the afternoon from 1 to 3:30 p.m., we will commemorate Mount Prospect’s 100th birthday and celebrate life as a Centennial Girl. This program is a chance for young history fans to explore what life was like in 1917 at the time of the village’s founding. Participants will play games, try embroidery, learn about chores and work, music and hobbies of the era. We’ll end the afternoon with an ice cream social.

Centennial Girl Registration

Participant(s) Name:
Entering Grade:

Space is limited. Cost for each session is $25. Deadline for registration is Thursday, July 13.

“The Science of History” will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 27. This program is open to both boys and girls entering second through fifth grade. The children will be creating their own waterwheels. If time permits, they will also play an old-fashioned game or two.

Space is limited for this program, too. The registration deadline is July 20 and the cost is $25 per child.

Science of History Registration

Participant(s) Name:
Entering Grade:

Garden Club Centennial Party

Mount Prospect Historical Society
And the Garden Club of Mount Prospect

A Centennial Garden Party
Friday, July 14
10 a.m.-noon
Mount Prospect Historical Society
103 S. Maple St.
Mount Prospect


Arlene Prchal Butterfly Garden
Moehling Park
10 S. Pine St.

Members of the Garden Club will discuss the plantings and guide visitors through the gardens.

Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner

with Storyteller Lynn Rymarz
Saturday, June 24

Mary Pickersgill

Join storyteller and Author Lynn Rymarz as she steps back in time to tell the story of Mary Pickersgill, the Baltimore flag maker who sewed the now famous “Star Spangled flag,” on Saturday, June 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the one-room Central Schoolhouse on the Mount Prospect Historical Society campus, 103 S. Main St., Mount Prospect. The program is open to adults and children entering second grade who are accompanied by an adult.

Mrs. Pickersgill’s now-famous flag flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore against the British in September 1814. Her “Star Spangled flag” inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to the poem, which became our National Anthem. As part of the program, Ms. Rymarz will share historical photographs from this time in our nation’s history to impart more of what life was like in the early 19th century.

Lynn Rymarz has entertained audiences with her portrayals of historic women since 2005. As a speaker and children’s author, she enjoys sharing little-known historical stories. Such stories have been published in the children’s magazines of CRICKET and HIGHLIGHTS. Her performances, told in the first person, include Martha Washington, Mary Lincoln, Nellie Bly, Susan B. Anthony, Eliza Dibble Sawtell and Madame Curie, among other famous American women.

Light desserts and lemonade will be served at this afternoon event. Cost is $15 per adult and $5 for student history buffs, who must be accompanied by an adult. The program is interactive and Ms. Rymarz is happy to have assistance from young historians. Tickets can be purchased below via PayPal or by phoning the Historical Society office at 847/392-9006.

Reservations: Choose adults attending and then continue shopping to enter children attending.
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Remembering When

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Attending “Step Back in Time” dinner held by the Mount Prospect Historical Society were (from l. to r.) Ed Juracek, Mayor Arlene Juracek’s husband; Nancy Corry of the historical society, Katie Kelly of the Mount Prospect Library; Marilyn Genther, executive director, Mount Prospect Library; Mayor Arlene Juracek; and William Wille, Centennial Committee, direct descendant of the founding Wille family.

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