The History of Schaumburg Township blog recently had its fourth birthday. Over the past few years random presents from readers have come our way and made the blog more entertaining, interesting and informative.
Take, for instance, one of the first presents that arrived. It was a wonderful, large interior photo of the St. John Lutheran Church that was built on Rodenburg Road in 1910 as a replacement for the original that burned down after it was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. The photo was in perfect condition and was one I had never seen.
And, then there was the Super 8 film of Schaumburg Township, circa 1975, that was a generous gift of Jay Campbell, another one of our readers. Not only did he contribute the video but he was also kind enough to gift the library with his collection of 1980s phone books for our area. What a wonderful prize!
Are there other treasures out there? Yes. Definitely. All you have to do is take a moment to consider you and your family’s place in our history—and that nothing is too big or too small to consider. Maybe it’s a photo of Fairview School, or a local business like Hippo’s or the Marathon gas station at Schaumburg and Roselle, or an event such as the Septemberfest Parade or the opening of Woodfield. Maybe it’s a brochure from your subdivision or a cookbook put together by the ladies of a local church or maybe it’s a calender from a business that’s been closed for five years. It may seem like nothing much to you but it can be a whole new piece of the puzzle of our area’s history.
So, keep the library in mind when you are moving or cleaning house or closing a business. Think of us when you open a box or photo album and discover a picture or paper you had forgotten. Don’t discard something you’re sure we won’t be interested in. Your tidbit could be our treasure.
History is in the eye of the beholder and it’s always intriguing to behold a piece you had forgotten or hadn’t seen in a long, long time. That is the intent of this blog and that’s what a gift, a scan or a copy can mean to a local history collection. The Schaumburg Township District Library is here to add to the history of Schaumburg Township and with your help we can do it piece by piece, paper by paper, photo by photo. Let’s see what surprises 2014 can bring!
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library