Statdmitte History Crawl

Mount Prospect Historical Society asks residents:
“What is ‘Stadtmitte’

“The answer is that it is German for ‘downtown’, and, more importantly, the name of our newest event,” replies Greg Peerbolte, the Society’s executive director.  In what will be known as its first ever Stadtmitte History Crawl, the Mount Prospect Historical Society is inviting its supporters to join them as they soak up all the sights, smells and sounds in Downtown Mount Prospect, both past and present, on a historic, interactive stroll to be held Friday evening, July 30th.

Stadtmitte, which was so-named to reflect the Village’s heavily German roots, will begin at the Historical Society’s museum campus.  Participants are welcome to make the “crawl” anytime between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.  The route will take them through various parts of the downtown, where participating shops and restaurants will have their doors open to offer samples and giveaways to crawlers.  Attendees should also look forward to meeting some of the characters in Mount Prospect’s history who helped to shape the downtown.

The 1930s Mount Prospect Hospital, rumored to be haunted, will be one of the stops on the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s Stadtmitte History Crawl.

Immediately following the crawl, join the Historical Society and the live band “5000 South” at the Blues Bar from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for music late into the evening.  Stadtmitte attendees will be given free admission.

“By combining facets of some of our popular events such as our Mount Prospect Stories, the Holiday Housewalk and Cemetery Walk, we hope to have a really energetic and fun event on what is sure to be a beautiful summer evening,” Peerbolte said.

Admission to the event is $15 and will benefit the Historical Society’s operating and education fund, which allows events such as Stadtmitte to be offered to the public.

The event will be part of a larger “History Weekend”.  On Saturday evening the Society will be on hand at the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants’ Cruise Night auto show, where a pictorial display and items from the museum store will be available.  Society volunteers will also have a presence Sunday morning at the Lions Club Farmers Market with a bake sale and historical display.  For more information about the weekend, phone Peerbolte at (847) 392-9006.

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