We Can Scan Your Photos for Posterity

Danneo's-Old-Fashion-Ice-cream-palorAs all of Mount Prospect gears up to celebrate the Village’s Centennial in 2017, the Mount Prospect Historical Society will hold its first annual February Photo Scanning Days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, at the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum, 101 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect.

Adolph-Gosch-family-in-1926“Bring a photo taken in Mount Prospect to the Mount Prospect Historical Society and let us scan it for our digital collection.  We’ll hand you back the original and give you a coupon for a free scoop of Oberweis ice cream,” said Lindsay Rice, executive director.  “The Mount Prospect Oberweis store has generously donated 50 coupons for scoops of ice cream, so you can head right over to the store at 80 E. Northwest Highway and enjoy a treat.  Only one coupon per person, of course, and only the first 50 people to bring photos get one.

“This is your chance to add your personal view to the historical record of Mount Prospect.  The Society is looking for any photos involving Mount Prospect: family photos, block parties, school plays, sports events, church events, your house when you first moved in, big snow storms, parades, birthday parties, you name it … the Society is probably interested, especially if the photo was taken many years ago.  The only photos we’re not looking for are those taken within the last year.

“The images from personal collections are a great way to document the history and changes in Mount Prospect,” Rice continued.  “We will add them to our digital collection of images so they will be available to anyone interested in the history of Mount Prospect.  The Mount Prospect Historical Society may also use them in educational displays or publications, but you will retain the copyright to the images.”

The Society staff and volunteers will digitize your photos using a scanner and then return the originals to you immediately. An immediate turnaround is guarantee on up to ten photos, however, if you want to bring more, they will be returned to the participants the following week.  A digitalized version of the scanned photos can also be emailed to participants.

Those bringing photos also will have the option of permanently donating their original photos to the Historical Society for its permanent collection.  “In that situation,” Rice explained, “the Society would then own all rights to the donated photos.”

For more information, phone 847/392-9006

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