|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
Black and white photograph of Elk Grove Historical Society members preparing for the grand opening of the Elk Grove Historical Museum on June 24,1979.
Pictured from left to right: Marge Elkins, Phil Barry, and Darlene Greaves.
|Collection||Schuette Biermann Farmhouse Collection|
Elk Grove Park District Board Commissioners Sherie Shapiro and Ed Hauser started researching the idea of forming an Elk Grove Village based historical group in December of 1974 and visited nearby communities, their historical groups and museums.
Ed Hauser, as Park Board President, spearheaded the formation of the history group. At the August 28, 1975 meeting of the Elk Grove Park District Board, he recommended nine citizens to the Board of the Elk Grove Historical Society. The first board members appointed were: Al Mergens (Fire Department lieutenant), Darlene Greaves (Library Board and Park District volunteer), Chic Hodlmair (Elk Grove Village’s first president), Mary McCarthy (author and village historian), Micky Robinson (former village historian), Adria Preo (senior citizens group), Lee Turner (Village Clerk), Lew Smith (Park Board commissioner), Don Walker (Lions Club member and the Historical Society's first chairman).
After the formation of the Elk Grove Historical Society, securing a structure to house local artifacts and host historical activities became a priority. Fortunately, Anthony and Teresa Maioriello moved from a historic farmhouse, which originally belonged to the Schuette family. into their newly constructed funeral home (Elk Grove Memorial Chapel/Grove Memorial Chapel) at the corner of Arlington Height Road and Clearmont Drive. They needed the historic farmhouse moved from the property and therefore decided to donate the farmhouse to the Elk Grove Historical Society.
On March 24, 1976, the farmhouse was moved from Arlington Heights Road and Clearmont Drive to its present site on the southside of Biesterfield Road. The route was north on Arlington Heights Road; west on Brandywine Lane; north and west on Somerset Lane; north on
Wellington Ave.; west on Banbury Ave.; north on Leicester Rd.; and west on Biesterfield Road to its current location.
After three years of refurbishing and staging the interior to appear as a mid-1800s style farmhouse, the grand opening of the Elk Grove Historical Society Museum was hosted at the museum on June 24, 1979.