State Awards $20,000 to Schoolhouse

Illinois State Senator Dan Kotowski of the 33rd District joined with members of the Mount Prospect Historical Society Board of Directors recently to kick off the second phase of the Society’s effort to restore its 1896 Central Schoolhouse and open it to the public once again.

Members of the Mount Prospect Historical Society Board of Directors stand with Senator Dan Kotowski outside of the 1896 Central School after announcing the award of  a $20,000 Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant to the MPHS for Phase II of the Central School Campaign. Front Row: (L to R) Mount Prospect Historical Society Board Members Jill Tumberger, Administrative Assistant Cindy Bork, Senator Dan Kotowski, Executive Director Greg Peerbolte, Vice-President Jean Murphy. Back Row: (L to R) Secretary Deb Rittle, Rachel Toeppen, Ed Johnson, Treasurer Frank Corry, Arlene Juracek and Dianna Franzen

Members of the Mount Prospect Historical Society Board of Directors stand with Senator Dan Kotowski outside of the 1896 Central School after announcing the award of a $20,000 Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant to the MPHS for Phase II of the Central School Campaign. Front Row: (L to R) Mount Prospect Historical Society Board Members Jill Tumberger, Administrative Assistant Cindy Bork, Senator Dan Kotowski, Executive Director Greg Peerbolte, Vice-President Jean Murphy. Back Row: (L to R) Secretary Deb Rittle, Rachel Toeppen, Ed Johnson, Treasurer Frank Corry, Arlene Juracek and Dianna Franzen

Kotowski announced that the state has awarded the Society $20,000 toward the historic restoration, the first major contribution to the $160,000 second phase of the project which includes a installation of a new roof, asbestos removal, the installation of all new plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning systems and general restoration.

The historic one-room schoolhouse was relocated to the Historical Society’s museum campus late last May as the culmination of Phase I of the quest to save the structure where Mount Prospect’s letters of incorporation were signed in 1917 and where hundreds of early residents were educated.

In an effort to raise the remaining monies, the Society has inserted a request for contributions in the spring newsletter of the Village of Mount Prospect and will soon be sending a separate contribution request to Society members and schoolhouse donors, said Gregory T. Peerbolte, executive director of the Society.

“We are eager to begin work on the phase which will ultimately allow us to open this venerable old building to schoolchildren, as well as many adults, who want to see what it was like to attend school in the early 1900s. We also plan to use it as an exhibit and gathering space,” explained Peerbolte.

The Society expects work on the roof, which has been generously donated by Peterson Roofing of Arlington Heights, to begin within a few weeks.

For more information about the Society’s schoolhouse restoration effort, phone Peerbolte at 847-392-9006.

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