The Mount Prospect Historical Society will name its research library inside the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum, 101 S. Maple St., for long-time attorney and former mayor Carolyn Krause.
The ceremony will be held at 3 pm Saturday, Oct. 1 on the grounds of the Mount Prospect Historical Society. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and walk through the museum to see the library and the new bronze plaque dedicated to Krause.
Krause became involved with the historical society shortly after the village’s 50th anniversary in 1967 when six residents gathered around a kitchen table and formed the Mount Prospect Historical Society. They believed the community needed an organization to document the history of the community.
The first home of the Mount Prospect Historical Society (established in 1968) was a small space in a municipal building that stood in the shadow of the water tower at 112 E. Northwest Hwy. From this location, the historical society developed a small office, began its collection of artifacts and recruited a local attorney, Krause, to handle their legal representation as a volunteer. At that time, she was also a member of the village’s zoning board of appeals.
By 1977, Krause was elected Mount Prospect’s ninth mayor, the first woman to be elected to Mount Prospect’s top post. She was only 38 at the time. Eight years later, she became the village’s first mayor to be elected to a third term.
To this day, she is the only mayor in Mount Prospect’s history who has gone on to earn a seat in the Illinois General Assembly. She served as the 56th District’s representative for 16 years, from 1989-2005.
“Carolyn has been a loyal and stalwart supporter of the society since its infancy,” stated Deb Rittle, historical society president. “We wish to immortalize her not only for her invaluable role in society’s history, but also for her important public service work which still impacts Mount Prospect today. Carolyn has done great service for the residents of Mount Prospect in many roles and capacities, so we feel it is fitting to honor her within our museum where future researchers will undoubtedly spend many hours working in our archives.”
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will be held outdoors, weather permitting, or inside the Central School if the weather is inclement.
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