Spend Oct.15th and 16th with MPHS

Spend a Fall Weekend with MPHS

While this photo is over sixty years old, it may be familiar to many residents of Mount Prospect. It depicts the interior of Kruse’s Tavern, now Mrs. P & Me, in June of 1938. Henry Kruse is pictured behind the bar, which is still in use today.

The Mount Prospect Historical Society has a busy weekend planned for October 15 and 16. Local history enthusiasts will be able to participate in a variety of activities. On Friday evening, October 15th, the Society will present its latest installment of the exhibit series, “They Felt it had Prospects for the Future”, which will highlight the William and Sophie Kruse family. The family operated the tavern that is now home to Mrs. P & Me for many years. The exhibit will be open from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a presentation will be held, appropriately, at Mrs. P & Me, 100 E. Prospect Ave., at 7:45 p.m. Light appetizers, courtesy of the restaurant, will be provided. Call (847) 392-9006 for more information or to R.S.V.P.

The next day, the Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St., will be celebrating the life of Illinois’ most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Chicago actor R.J. Lindsay will portray the 16th President, and will share stories and answer questions about his extraordinary life. Period costumes and samples of Lincoln’s favorite treat will also be on hand. For more information, phone the Library at (847) 253-5675.

Later that afternoon, the Historical Society will present its version of the popular “Road Show” television programs by hosting a professional antique and collectible appraisal session from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dietrich Friedrichs Home, 101 S. Maple St.. Brian Meyer of Somerset Estate Sales will be on hand to place a value on your antiques, heirlooms and oddities. For a $5 donation per item, you can find out if you are the owner of hidden treasure. Busse Flowers and Gifts will also have an assortment of Fall mums available for sale, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Society. The historic Friedrichs Home and the new Kruse exhibit will be available for tours during this event.

Historical Society supporters are also encouraged to visit Borders Books at Randhurst throughout Saturday to purchase any books, movies or music that they may have had their eye on. A portion of that day’s proceeds will benefit the Society. In addition, there will be a special presentation on women’s history in Chicago by authors Frances McNamara and Joan Naper at 2:00 p.m. A coupon is required, which can be picked up at the Historical Society or downloaded at www.mtphist.org.

Additionally, the Society is encouraging anyone visiting the downtown area for these events to celebrate Mount Prospect’s German roots by visiting the Downtown Merchants Association’s annual Oktoberfest, which will be held a block from the MPHS museum campus, from 1 to 10:30 p.m.

For further information about these events, please contact the Society’s executive director, Greg Peerbolte at (847) 392-9006.

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