John Meyn Family Exhibit Opens

 

Mount Prospect Historical Society Executive Director Greg Peerbolte examines one of the exhibit cases containing blacksmith artifacts.

Mount Prospect Historical Society Executive Director Greg Peerbolte examines one of the exhibit cases containing blacksmith artifacts.

Local history buffs have a new reason to visit the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s  Dietrich Friedrichs museum at 101 S. Maple Street, Mount Prospect.

The Society debuted its new exhibit entitled: “They Felt It Had Prospects for the Future: The Story of Early Mount Prospect,” for members and invited guests on March 13.  The exhibit will now be open to the public through September in the newly-remodeled exhibit gallery in the museum.

The first in a series of exhibits exploring the life and times of early residents of Mount Prospect, this display will focus on early settlement of the area and take a look at the members of the John Meyn family, who were instrumental in the founding of the village.

In addition to some fascinating items, including a land grant signed by President James Polk and an early map of the area which contains some confusing street names, the exhibit will also feature some never-before-displayed photos and artifacts from the MPHS collection relating to the blacksmith’s family.

Members of the Meyn family from all over the suburbs came to the opening to reminisce and see the exhibit on their forbearers, according to Gregory T. Peerbolte, MPHS Executive Director who collaborated on curator duties for the exhibit with MPHS Board Member Deb Rittle.

 

3-13-09 - Joan M. Brandt reflected on her family's influence on the early days of Mount Prospect at the opening of the exhibit, which was attended by over 50 members and invited guests.

3-13-09 - Joan M. Brandt reflected on her family's influence on the early days of Mount Prospect at the opening of the exhibit, which was attended by over 50 members and invited guests.

During an exhibit reception in the Society’s Education Center, Peerbolte gave a brief talk on the exhibit, after which Joan M. Brandt of Arlington Heights, the granddaughter of John Meyn, reflected on her family’s legacy and shared tidbits of information passed down in family stories.

 

The exhibit is sponsored by Byte Me Computers, 714 E. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect. 

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