For the past three years the Mount Prospect Historical Society has hosted a spring dinner with a historic theme. The first year we sailed on the Titanic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its maiden voyage. (Don't worry, all attendees made it safely to a lifeboat.) Last year we spent time at the Lincoln White House to commemorate both of the late President's inaugural dinners. This year we headed to the Windy City to celebrate the opening of the 1893 Columbian Exposition. It was at this World's Fair that Cream of Wheat, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Juicy Fruit Gum, Hersey Chocolate, and Cracker Jack were introduced for the first time. George Ferris' wheel dominated the skyline. And electricity powered by Westinghouse ran most of the fair.
In our version we had Pavilion Dining and Midway Meals, a photo opportunity, trivia, raffles, and a presentation by "Daniel Burnham" about the Fair. It was a wonderful night full of history, conversation, fun, and friends. Many attendees dressed up in their Victorian finest. I was able to pull an outfit together with things from my closet and a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. The sold-out event raised money for the operating fund of the Society.
I can't wait to see what we come up with for next year!
Until next time,