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Palatine Historical Society Presents Annual History Crawl

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  • Costumed actors will share information about historical residents, businesses and buildings during the September 5 History Crawl.Palatine Park District

      Costumed actors will share information about historical residents, businesses and buildings during the September 5 History Crawl.Palatine Park District

Palatine Historical Society

Palatine Historical Society presents the annual history crawl along with two free historical presentations this fall.

The History Crawl will be held in downtown Palatine on Friday, September 5 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The crawl will begin at the corner of Palatine Road and Plum Grove Road. Small groups will walk the downtown area stopping at several different locations. Costumed actors will share stories of past residents and businesses and the buildings they inhabited. The event will end at Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grill, located at 60 North Bothwell Street in downtown Palatine.

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Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 on the day of the crawl. Tickets can be purchased at Palatine Park District, 250 E. Wood Street, Palatine, or at the Clayson House Museum, 224 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

In addition to the History Crawl, Palatine Historical Society will present two free programs at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. On September 17 at 7:00pm, Jan Spaletto of Palatine will present Beyond Genealogy – Writing a Family History Book. There are stories to tell and memories to preserve and with a bit of sleuthing you can create a fascinating heirloom book for your family to treasure. Jan Spaletto has written and published her great grandmother's autobiography and will help you begin your own project.

On October 15 at 7:00pm, John Tobin will offer a presentation on the Ben Franklin Store Fire. This tragic fire occurred on February 23, 1973 in Palatine when there was still a volunteer fire department. Three volunteers died which made Palatine recognize the need for a professional fire department. Mr. Tobin has written a book which includes many pictures from the tragic event.

The purpose of the Palatine Historical Society is to increase public knowledge of Palatine and Palatine Township and encourage people to visit the Clayson House Museum. For more information, call 847-991-6460 or visit

The mission of Palatine Park District is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and affordable parks and recreation facilities and activities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well-being for all residents and visitors of the Palatine Park District.

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