Mount Prospect Historical Society gets new director

Published7/18/2008 12:05 AM

The Mount Prospect Historical Society has a new director this week.

Greg Peerbolt began Monday, coming from the Kankakee County Museum, where he worked for two years as the curator of collections.


"I had always wanted to run a community museum since midway through college," Peerbolt said. "It's interesting to me to work with people on the local level. History here is all around you."

He said his biggest priority is getting the historic 1896 Central School, at 103 Main St., up and running for residents to see. The school building was moved earlier this year next to the historical society.

Peerbolt grew up in a rural community near Kankakee, in a town with about 1,200 people. He earned a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, majoring in history.

He replaces Gavin Kleespies, who resigned from the society last month to take a job at the Cambridge Historical Society in Massachusetts.

Women in art: The Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College is looking for female artists for a juried exhibition scheduled to run Oct. 28 through Nov. 7. Entry is free. The deadline for entries is Aug. 15.

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The exhibit, called "Feminist Ecology: Women and the Earth," will feature works of art related to the female experience. The exhibition is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Oakton, in cooperation with the museum.

Artists may submit only one work for consideration. Works must be submitted on compact disc as JPEG images with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. The disc must be labeled with the artist's name, title of the work and medium. The disc also should contain a Word file with a one-paragraph description of the work and a one-paragraph artist biography or statement.

Send all materials to: Nathan Harpaz, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016. For more information, call (847) 635-2633.

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