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Article updated: 5/22/2013 4:59 PM

Mt. Prospect Historical Society director leaving

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Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society since mid-2008, has accepted the position of executive director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Greg, and we wish him the very best," Frank Corry, the society's new president, said in a news release. "He did a lot for the Mount Prospect Historical Society in the five years he was here, and we're thankful for it."

Peerbolte wrote the book, "Randhurst: Suburban Chicago's Grandest Shopping Center" and was responsible for coordinating the society's 2011 Colony and Crown Revolutionary War re-enactment weekend held at Lions Park. He has also become well-known for his series of "Mount Prospect Stories" lectures on interesting people and events from Mount Prospect's past which have been co-sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library, the society said in the news release. Peerbolte will assume his new duties on June 3.

Corry, who replaced Arlene Juracek as the society's head after she was sworn in as mayor May 7, is deputy director of business operations for the Mount Prospect Public Library. He thanked Juracek for her leadership over the last two years.

"Kicking off a new fundraising campaign to support the final phase of the Central School project, Arlene re-energized our efforts and helped secure a number of very generous pledged donations," Corry said.

He said that the transition will create challenges, but added that it provides an opportunity for the society to assess where it's at, where it's going, and the leadership characteristics needed to get there.

"It's more change at once than anybody would want to order up, but they are good changes for good people," he added in the news release. "We have a lot of momentum, and we'll be working very hard to keep it going and to build on Greg's and Arlene's fine work."

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