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October 1, 2016

What:  The Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary is sponsoring their annual Autumn Heritage Festival.  Step back in time and watch history come to life at Spring Valley’s most popular event! Experience life on an 1880s farm by helping with the harvest, cooking over the woodstove or squeezing fresh apple cider. Relive the adventure of the Illinois frontier at an authentic pioneer encampment near the log cabin. The day will include historical demonstrations, children’s crafts, haywagon shuttle, live music and a variety of tasty fall foods.

When:  Sunday, October 2, 2016 Noon to 5 p.m.

Where:  Volkening Heritage Farm.  Parking is available at the Nature Center on Schaumburg Road and off Plum Grove Road across from Heritage Farm.
Charge:  Cost is $4 per person and $16 per family. Children 3 and under are free.

Info:  Call (847) 985-2100 for more information.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


March 2, 2014

The Schaumburg Township Historical Society is inviting you to get involved with our local history!  Join them for a short program on learning what the historical society has to offer and how you can be a part of it.

If you are interested in the history of the early settlers of Schaumburg Township, come on by.Volkening home

If you are interested in the German family farming era, stop in.

If you are interested in the Schaumburg Township history YOU have lived, join us.

3078It will be a great opportunity to make an impact and keep the interest in the area alive and growing.  Take a look at their website for a peek at what they’re about.

What:  Local History of Schaumburg Township
When:  March 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Rasmussen Room South at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Who:  Schaumburg Township Historical Society
For more information:  Contact Bob Vinnedge at or Jane Rozek at 847-923-3331.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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September 25, 2011

Dave Hammer has been reading and indexing the microfilm of the Paddock newspapers that range from 1901 to the present.  Some of these papers included the Palatine Enterprise and the Cook County Herald.  He will tell some fascinating stories of the village of Palatine that he has gleaned from the pages of these newspapers.   Join him at the meeting of the Palatine Historical Society to hear some of these long forgotten and little known stories!

Palatine Public Library
700 N. Court
Palatine, IL
October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Children’s Reading Room


January 8, 2011

The next meeting for the Schaumburg Township Historical Society is Monday, January 10.  The meeting will be held in the Schaumburg Township building at 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates.

The meeting will start promptly at 7 PM with a tour of the expanded Food Pantry.  Please arrive on time on the 2nd floor to meet with the guide for the tour.   If you have any questions when you arrive please ask the security guard at the reception desk.  After the tour the regular business meeting will be held in the Board Room.  It will be followed by a display of some special items of interest  that document some of the history of Schaumburg Township.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


November 28, 2010

What:  The Schaumburg Park District offers a unique recreation of how 19th-century German-American families in Schaumburg experienced Christmas.
When:  Saturday and Sunday, December 4 & 5, from 1-5 p.m.
Where:  Volkening Heritage Farm.  1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
Details:  Cost is $2 per person and $8 per family. Children 3 and under are free.
Info:   Call (847) 985-2100.  See their website here.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


October 31, 2010

When:  Monday, November 8 at 7:00
Where:  Schaumburg Center School on the grounds of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
What:  Monthly meeting.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


August 15, 2010

On Sunday, September 26, 2010, the Schaumburg Township District Library is delighted to welcome back Larry Nerge, a genealogist and direct descendant of early German township residents.   The program will be from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Rasmussen Room at the library.

In part two of a program began last year, Mr. Nerge will  discuss ten more of the German families who founded St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Information on each family will include their early ancestral line, family photos and relationships with other families within the congregation and township.  A question and answer session will follow the program.  No registration is required.

Please be aware that last year’s program is viewable from the Local History Digital Archive as well as Mr. Nerge’s Uncovering Our History:  The German Families of Schaumburg Township.  Go to and click on View the Local History Digital Archive.   Select Videos and then Documentaries.  In addition, supporting documents are also available by the same titles under the Documents category.

Mr. Nerge and I welcome all interested in the early history of Schaumburg Township.  Please join us!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


May 9, 2010

Ever wonder how the library came to have all of the neat photos that are posted on this blog and on the library’s Local History Digital Archive?  Many nice ones came to us from the Schaumburg Township Historical Society and some from the Schaumburg Voice that closed in the 90s.  Most, though, come to us through the generosity of families who have an interest in keeping their connections to the history of Schaumburg Township alive and well.  Here’s where you come in…

It is quite probable that, in your attic, your basement, your closets or under your bed, you have photos or documents that would be a wonderful addition to the Schaumburg Township District Library’s growing collection of local history items.  Whether it’s a photo of a long gone business, the construction of your house, that same house after a nasty snowstorm or your children standing outside of the school on their first day back, the library is interested.  Maybe you have the bill of sale from your first house in Schaumburg Township or a brochure from the dedication of one of our schools or the program from your church’s Christmas pageant.  It’s all history to us!

During the American Library Association’s  first ever Preservation Week  (May 9-15), the Schaumburg Township District Library is encouraging the present and past members of our community to preserve their history.  Please help us make this week a success by digging into those boxes and albums.  We’re happy to arrange a time to explore your treasures and can scan them the same day.   Please contact Jane Rozek, Local History Librarian, at 847-923-3331 for further assistance.   Your history is important to us!

*Photo no. 1 is from left to right:  Schaumburg Trustee Ray Kessell, Dennis Conley, Mayor Bob Atcher and Kitty Conley in the basement of the The Barn which served as Village Hall.  (From the Schaumburg Voice)

*Photo no. 2 is James and Lucille (Siems) Mikes dancing at their wedding reception at the Roselle Country Club–now the Schaumburg Golf Club–on September 13, 1947.   (Courtesy of Jay Mikes)

*Photo no. 3 is an early residence in the Highlands of Hoffman Estates.  (Courtesy of the Hoffman Estates Museum)

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library