Holiday Portraits at the Museum Campus

Plan ahead to have a holiday portrait taken this year in the historic 1906 Dietrich Friedrich House museum. You can even consider dressing in 1906-era clothing for an extra touch.

The Mount Prospect Historical Society (MPHS) is partnering with Images by David Kay to give residents the opportunity to have unique holiday portraits taken inside the parlor of the historic family home, located at 101 S. Maple St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22.

Participants will get a 15-minute portrait session, (groups over five people will need to schedule two time slots). Several photos will be taken of you and/or your group during your session with different poses. The photos will then be professionally edited and sent back to you via email, along with a letter that allows you to have prints made wherever you wish.

According to Bill Kruser, co-owner of Images by David Kay, it is best to take these portraits prior to Halloween because it gives people a chance to get their final images done in time to be sent out to friends and family for the holidays.

“We are really excited to offer this unique holiday experience at the museum again this year,” says Lindsay Rice, MPHS executive director, “We are going to decorate the museum early this year for Christmas so that it adds the perfect charm to the portraits.”

Registration for portrait sessions commences on Monday, Sept. 16. The cost per portrait session is $40. You can register and pay with a credit card by calling the Mount Prospect Historical Society at 847/392-9006.

Spaces are limited, so don’t wait!

For more information, phone 847/392-9006 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during office hours.

Auction of Designer, Handmade and Vintage Purses is Back!

Attendees bidding on purses at the auction.

Get yourself ready for the 2017-18 fall and winter seasons or buy your holiday gifts early when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its biennial “Power of the Purse” handbag auction on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 12, in the community room of the Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect.

The event will feature a wide variety of new and almost-new designer, vintage, quirky and handmade purses for adults and children and messenger bags, donated by retailers, members and friends of the Society and so far includes brand names like Coach, Fossil, Dooney and Bourke and many more.

Mount Prospect mayor, Arlene Juracek, has once again donated a new purse for inclusion in the bidding.

The evening, which will begin at 7 p.m., will feature a fun mix of wine, desserts, cash and carry purses as well as silent and live auctions. Attendees will be able to pick up some truly unique and entrancing handbags for yourself and others and, at the same time, support the educational and preservation efforts of the one-room 1896 Central School, located at 103 S. Maple St., on the Museum campus. Reservations, which are limited, are requested by Oct. 6 and can be made for $10 each via PayPal below or at the museum.

Contemporary writer/poet Carrie Teresa Maison said it best when she wrote, “A purse not only serves a functional purpose. It is a symbol of a woman’s personality. You can tell a great deal about a lady just by the purse she carries. The impression is just as important as the contents inside.”

For more information, phone 847/392-9006.

The Mount Prospect Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to preserving the history of Mount Prospect, Illinois, through artifacts, photographs and both oral and written memories of current and former residents and businesspeople. On its campus in the heart of the Village, the Society maintains the 1906 Dietrich Friedrichs house museum, carriage house, the ADA-accessible Dolores Haugh Education Center and the 1896 one-room Central School, which was moved to the museum campus in 2008.

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“Grave Conversations” Cemetery Walk

SET FOR September 23, 2017
Visit and talk with people from the past.

As part of Mount Prospect’s Centennial Celebration, the Mount Prospect Historical Society will once again host their “Grave Conversations” Cemetery Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery on Elmhurst Avenue just north of the Mount Prospect post office.

Sponsored by Friedrichs Funeral Home; Busse Automotive; and Busse’s Flowers and Gifts, the Walk has been a popular community event in the past, and the Society is excited to be bringing it back in conjunction with the Village’s Centennial Celebration, said Deb Rittle, co-chair of this year’s Walk. 

Local residents will portray men and women from Mount Prospect’s history who helped shape the community we know today.  As visitors walk through the cemetery, costumed actors will talk about the people they are portraying and converse with visitors.
Highlights will include Will Wille portraying his great-uncle Adolph Wille, owner of Wille’s Buffet and Tavern; Village Trustee Mike Zadel as William Busse, Mount Prospect’s first Mayor; and Historical Society Board members Neal Bradley as Fire Chief Frank Biermann and Jill Friedrichs as Ida Meyn, wife of blacksmith Herman Meyn.

Cemetery visitors this year will also enjoy meeting Lawrence Hodges, Meta Bittner, Fred Meeske, Sophie Mueller, William Kirchhoff and Charlotte Wuerffel.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to speak with Mount Prospect residents of the past.  

Admission to the walk is $10. Visit the Mount Prospect Historical Society website at to pay through PayPal or call 847/392-9006. Tickets will also be available at the gate the day of the event.

Proceeds benefit the Society’s educational and preservation efforts.  Phone 847/392-9006 for more information.

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Summer History Programs Celebrate Mount Prospect’s Centennial

During July, the Mount Prospect Historical Society encouraged local children to actively celebrate Mount Prospect’s Centennial through hands-on history programs that took them a century back in time.

Sporting oversize hair bows and sashes of an earlier era, area girls explored life as a Centennial Girl of 1917 at a July 19 program sponsored by the Living History Committee at the Mount Prospect Historical Society, 101 S. Maple St.  Participants chose an early 20th century name for the afternoon like Violet, Sadie, Nellie, Lillian, Ethel and Grace.  Then they played outdoor relay games; toured the 1896 Central Schoolhouse; embroidered handkerchiefs in a sewing circle; and made ice cream for an ice cream social at the conclusion of the afternoon. 

The following week students in grades two through five participated in the Society’s annual ‘The Science of History’ program. This year participants studied and created waterwheels in order to learn how the power generated by running water was used to help with a variety of tasks in early Mount Prospect.

In this interactive and engaging program, students became engineers and constructed their own waterwheels, and then experimented with rate of rotation and water flow.
The Science of History program is held each July.

3 Mount Prospect Korean War veterans to take Honor Flight together

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