Saturday, November 23, 2013

Society Saturday - Arlington Heights Historical Society

The winter board meeting of the Illinois Society Children of the American Revolution was held at the Arlington Heights Historical Society, northwest of Chicago.

State President Callah McLeod and Senior State President led the meeting.  There were over 40 attendees, with standing room only.

Before enjoying lunch and the tour, the members gathered for a picture.

The Arlington Heights Historical Museum is actually comprised of five buildings.  One contains offices and meeting rooms.  The tour visited the other four buildings.  There is a replica log cabin which represented the home of the Dunton family, the first settlers in the area.  Next door is a coach house that contains exhibits of farm implements, historic dioramas and a school room.

There are two houses included on the tour - The Frederick W. Mueller home, built in 1882.  Mr. Mueller made his living bottling pop - "Arlington Club Soda" and the factory was in the basement of his home.  His daughter Minnie married Nathaniel Banta and built a house next door.  Both homes are on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the highlights of the tour was the Martha Parkinson Mills doll collection, displayed in the Banta house.  Martha was a Senior Leader of N.S.C.A.R. and wrote the "C.A.R. Song" which is still sung at National, Regional and State meetings.

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