Time Capsule to Be Opened

Mount Prospect Historical Society to Open Randhurst Time Capsule at Fundraiser

The Mount Prospect Historical Society will host “A Moment in Time,” its annual end-of-summer fundraiser, from 6 to 10:30 pm. on Friday, August 21st at Bogie’s Ale House, 303 E. Kensington Road, Mount Prospect.

The highlights of the evening will include a pizza buffet, split-the-pot raffle, a time-related silent auction and live entertainment from the band, “5000 South.”

The evening will also feature the opening of the Randhurst time capsule which was placed by officials from the village government and Randhurst Corporation in 1962.

Anticipation for this event is big, according to Greg Peerbolte, the Society’s executive director.

“The interest in Randhurst has peaked because of the ongoing re-development of the property into a lifestyle center.  We feel that opening the time capsule at this event will be an entertaining way to demonstrate our commitment to preserving village history,” stated Peerbolte.

The designers of Randhurst wanted their structure to defy convention in every possible way, including the placement of a time capsule.  Instead of the traditional cornerstone ceremony, the officials opted for a “dome-stone” ceremony and hoisted the large copper capsule into Randhurst’s massive dome.

What remains in the capsule is a mystery.

“At this time, the full contents of the time capsule are unknown.  As such, we are hoping this will not be another Al Capone’s vault,” joked Peerbolte, eluding to journalist Geraldo Rivera’s famously anti-climatic 1986 opening of an empty safe allegedly belonging to Capone.  The Randhurst time capsule is currently being recovered by demolition crews.

Admission to the event is $15 per person at the door which will include the buffet and will also directly benefit the operating fund of the Mount Prospect Historical Society.  For more information, contact the Historical Society at 847/392-9006 or visit www.mtphist.org.

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