Are you interested in a few more photos of opening day at Woodfield? How about football practice at Schaumburg High School from 1971? Well, the Daily Herald opened up their archives and allowed us to take a look at a selection of local photos. Check them out here.

The Woodfield photos are largely of celebrities Carol Lawrence and Vincent Price who were on hand for the festivities on September 9, 1971. The first photo shows the two of them surrounded by other dignitaries that included Mayor Bob Atcher, first from the left in the photo above, and Al Taubman who is second from the left and was the developer of the mall.

Vincent Price was on hand because Sears Roebuck & Co. had recruited him to lead an affordable art program that they had implemented for the public. Price was an art collector himself and purchased much of the art that Sears sold and even commissioned artists such as Salvador Dali to create art for the program. If you’d like to read more about Mr. Price’s involvement with Sears, check out that blog posting.

But, why was Carol Lawrence there? The best we could figure is that, not only was she from the Chicago area, having been born in Melrose Park, but she and her husband, Robert Goulet, were also performing at the Mill Run Theater in Niles the following week from September 13-19. Would there have been another reason they tapped her?

Notice all of the people in the background. These could be local residents, future employees and/or construction workers. Woodfield was not completely finished on opening day so anyone and everyone who was around would have been interested in taking a look at the celebration. To read more about Woodfield Mall’s opening day, check out this blog posting. Or, if you’re interested in what was there before Woodfield, check out this blog posting.

As for the football photos, you can find them at the bottom of the page. Schaumburg High School had opened the prior year in 1970 and it is evident in the photos. Not only are there open spaces as far as the eye can see, but there is also no foliage–tree, bush or otherwise–that had yet to be planted around the building. If you were part of that photo or were one of those first SHS students, please let us know if there’s anything we’re missing in these photos.

Local history is always enhanced when older photos become available. Not only do they trigger memories but they help fill in the gaps in our history. A big thank you to the Daily Herald for sharing them with us!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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