October 2018
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Administrator's Report | Historical Krohn Rock Article | October Events | September Recap | Membership |
Looking Ahead

Administrator's Report
Dan Shoeneberg
Given at the September Society Board Meeting
The Museum hosted an open house for Mainstreet Association of Realtors to thank them for their generous donation of new carpeting in the NW Suburban History Cente r and curatorial materials.

Staff spent an afternoon in September at Rec Park's attic going through items dating since 1971. Items procured were: a punching bag used in the early days of the Recreation Park facility and the Park District's original 1925 bylaws. Cleaning of the artifacts is being scheduled.

Museum attendanc e from May-August saw over 7,700 people! This includes: School and Scout groups, programming, events, Farmers Market, tours, and Heritage Gallery shoppers.

Who is Gilbert H. Krohn and can you find his Stone??
Article written by Bev Krams, Arlington Heights Garden Club
A “gentleman, churchman, and man’s man,” the Arlington Heights Garden Club honored Gilbert Krohn with a Memorial Stone in 1971 placed in the ‘Welcome to Arlington Heights Garden’ on NW highway and Highland Avenue. Over time Northwest Highway grew to four lanes putting the Memorial Stone near the edge of the curb and 47 years managed to bury half the stone under ground. With the coordinated efforts of Ashley Karr, the Village Forestry Crew Chief, the Arlington Heights Garden Club and Dan Schoeneberg the Museum Administrator the stone was lifted from where it was resting for 47 years and moved to a prominent place in the Museum garden. 
We should all be blessed with Gil’s green thumb and landscaping talent! If you visited his home at 542 South Dunton, the Fuji dogs would have been guarding the bridge to the Japanese garden. Huge rocks and a waterfall added to the visual and auditory creation of that garden; in addition dwarfed evergreens and strange shaped trees were planted in the Japanese style.  Visiting Gil’s garden would also allow you to see the detail in his pagoda-shaped garage!  On the south end of the garden was a mass of color and fragrance from the rows of rose bushes each labeled with the name of the species. The roses were also a former test garden for the famous Jackson and Perkins rose breeders. The roses bloomed for a second time that summer before he died of a fatal heart attack in August 1969.   
Gil was a retired steel salesman for Babcock Wilcox Company of Beaver PA for 40 years before retiring in 1967. But he will always be remembered for his leadership on the AH Beautification Council which under his direction saw the first planting into the barren earth that lined the railroad tracks along Northwest Highway so the ‘roads that lead into Arlington Height should be beautiful’.  His dream was to begin making Arlington Heights the kind of town where every block had a pleasant spot of beauty created through design and natural growth.   
Gil worked with Carl Klehm on the design of the NW Highway plantings. One of the earliest AHGC projects on record was completed in 1961 with 25 members working with the Arlington Beautification Council to plant crown vetch on the hillside near the railroad tracks.   As a founding member of the council Gil worked with the railroad and Village from 1964-66 to beautify land along the RR tracks which was filled with billboards and car dealerships.  
Gil secured the agreement with railroad to beautify the ‘right of way’, received approval from the Village Board, persuaded the Railroad to remove railway ties, trees, level the grading, and remove telephone lines. Gil filled the land along the RR tracks with wild flowers and bushes.   
Gil was an active member of the AHGC, the AH Beautification Council and had been president of both. St. Simon’s Episcopal Church benefited from his talents as he was in charge of the landscape planning. Gil will now always be remembered here in our Arlington Heights Historical Museum Garden. He was a man on a mission to beautify our town. Stop by the Museum and find the stone that honors one of Arlington Heights special citizens. 
White Glove Tour
October 12
6 PM - 8 PM
Join the Museum's own Curator, as we don our white gloves and get up close and personal with the collection both in the 1880's Muller House as well as the collection storage areas, usually closed to the public.

Pick up order forms at the Museum.
Forms must be submitted by October 29
Delivery will be the week of November 12.
Museum Members are invited to stop by the
Member's Lounge .
Sponsored by the Arlington Heights Historical Society.

Special activities and complementary snacks will be available.
Sponsored by
The Maria Bradley Family
Farmers Market
Every Saturday Now - October 13
7:30 am - 12:30 pm
The commuter parking lot across from the Arlington Heights Historical Museum on Vail Ave. and Fremont St. transforms into a bustling market full of fresh produce of the season, artisanal cheese, homemade pastries, ginger,freshly roasted coffee, handmade crafts, and much more.

Follow the AHFM on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the lasted events.
Pop Shop Play Area
Tuesday - Thursday (1:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Friday - Sunday (10:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Do you have young ones? Need to get out of the house this summer? Be sure to come by the Museum and visit our new “Pop Shop” Play area. This interactive playscape allows kids up to eight years old an opportunity to use their imaginations to run a soda factory, complete with bottling stations, capping stations, and even an Arlington Club delivery truck. While you’re here, learn about the history of the actual Arlington Club Beverage Company, and even enjoy a cold sarsaparilla just like the ones made by F.W. Muller!

Located in the Heritage Gallery
White Glove Tour
September 14
This new program, lead by the Museum's Curator, Stephanie Pezzella, had seven participants walk though the backrooms of the Museum's collections. Stephanie then demonstrated how artifacts are cleaned and documented.

Chamber of Commerce After Business Hours
September 25

The Historical Society invited the Chamber of Commerce to visit the Museum and learn about the important work the Museum does for the community. Over 30 chamber attended and enjoyed light refreshments and a cocktail using Arlington Club soda.

T he Museum is growing and we need your help!

There are many opportunities available for everyone!

  • Farmers Market set up and tear down (flexible) (6/2-10/13)

  • Halloween Event (10/20) Many openings available.

  • Help our Curator with ongoing tasks involving the collections. (Flexible)

  • Become a Docent (Flexible)

  • Become a Historical Society Board Member

  • Join a Committee (ongoing) Many to choose from such as: Farmers Market, Membership, Collections, Fundraising, and more!

Contact: Carol Frieburg or call the Museum

Leslie Borre
Katie & Bruce Myers
Gary & Cindy  Anderson
Sandy Bourseau
Renee Cook
Andrew & Brigid Devery
Donna Lee Doughty
Richard M & Edythe M Even
Jeanne & Robert Filipp
Tom & Sue  Hayes
Tom & Terry  Karow
James Potsch
Nancy Stautzenbach

Looking Ahead
A Prairie Thanksgiving
November 12
Annual Tree Lighting Event
November 23

Thank You To Our Sponsors
Annual Tree Lighting Event
November 23
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