Special Events

Table of Contents

Programs at the Palatine Public Library

Clayson House Tours

Victorian Teas

Cemetery Walks

Civil War Reenactments

History Crawls

House Walks

Garden Walks

Fourth of July Parades

Christmas Open Houses

Other Events


Programs at the Palatine Public Library

Through these programs at the Palatine Public Library the Historical Society provides the community with scenes from many different times and places in our history without charge. High School students even get credit from their history teachers for coming to one of these programs. The programs are held five times a year usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the months of March, April, May, September, and October. They start at 7 p.m. with cookies, coffee, and a cool beverage. We have had many diversified programs including slide shows on old barns, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln, folksinging, soldiers acting scenes from the Battle of the Bulge, and a talk on cemeteries. The most recent program was a video/slide presentation on the tunnels that run underneath Chicago. Please come and join us. We will have names and dates of programs listed on this web site.


October 17, 2012

A wonderful presentation was given by Joe Petykowski

Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda Railroad – Joe and his brother, Dan,  gave an informative presentation on the railroad.  They spent a great deal of time researching the railroad and walking along portions of its route.  Their presentation included many photographs and maps including a Google Earth flyover.





Clayson House Tours

We welcome Scout troops and school groups. Please call Marilyn Pedersen at 847-991-6460 to schedule a tour.


Victorian Teas

1996 Victorian Tea

Four for Tea

Ladies in Hats for Tea

Tea Guests 1997

Tea Program 2002

Tea Program

The April teas are the Palatine Historical Society’s major fundraiser. Teas were a big social event for Victorian women and we are Victorians! They are held for two consecutive weekends with a noon and a three o’clock tea on each of the four days. Some of the large furniture is taken out into the carriage house and tea tables are set up. Society workers and volunteers bring the table linens and tea dishes out of storage and set the tables. They shop and prepare almost all of the delicious little tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts. Some of them make the tea, some serve it, and some clean up and wash the dishes. In addition, a little program is presented after the guests are finished eating to show them various aspects of Victorian life. The tea dates are advertised on line and in our newsletter as well as Township and Park District publications. If you want to be sure to get a seat, order early because our tickets are generally sold out a month before the teas.


Cemetery Walks

Carol Lange & Ron Jacobsen as Nancy & Mason Sutherland

Thom Lange as James Sleeper 1998

Bridget Malinowski as Charlotte Holt 1997

Roger Ahlgrim as Frank Danielsen 1995

Jeff Ahlgrim As John O’Brien

Suzy Cuellar As Nancy Sutherland 1993

Emilie Behrendt talks about her wedding.

Mary Margaret Vogt & Her Daughter, Mary 2004

The annual Cemetery Walk began in 1993 for two reasons. The first was to present a living history of Palatine to its residents that would be more interesting, especially to young people. Hillside Cemetery land was donated to the village by Joel Wood around 1854. It represents 150 years of local history that we think should be preserved and shared with the community. The second reason is that when we began to record the people buried there we found many, many of the old gravestones worn out, broken, or missing. There were no official records for the first 90 years of Hillside’s existence. It was necessary to save the records that were there, that is the gravestones. Therefore, we charged for tickets to this event. The money has always been used, and complemented by Palatine Township, for the repair of these old stones whose families are no longer here. This difficult and expensive work is still being done. We always appreciate volunteers to lead tours around to the graves of those citizens who come out to tell you about their past lives. And we can always use a few actors and actresses, too.


Civil War Reenactments

Reenactment Camp 1991

Union Troops 1991

Confederate Troops 1991



To celebrate Palatine’s Quasquicentennial in 1991 a reenactment of the Civil War was staged at Community Park. The ‘troops’ set up camp and stayed overnight in the park. In the morning Confederate soldiers and Union regulars lined up against each other and ‘fired away’.


History Crawls

MaryAnn Hildebrandt & Marlene Alwicka

Originally the Danielsen/Tharp Funeral Home

Zimmer Hardware

Albert Zimmer

The Music Room starring Louis Schoppe

Starck Hospital

Denise Limburg

Beth deAnda Speaking of Former Residents

Carol Brandt speaks of the house’s ghosts

This was once a block of stores.

Palatine Fireman Scott Ohlrich, Speaker

Firefighters Memorial on Brockway Street

Carolyn Mangold speaking at Uptown Cafe

An 1850’s hotel and later a variey of stores.

Joe Petykowski…

Good Night! Hope you enjoyed our History Crawl.


The Society’s first History Crawl, Friday, September 9, 2011 was a huge success! The tour encompassed eleven locations in downtown Palatine starting at Bothwell St. and Slade St. and ending at Lamplighter Inn. Docents described the history of each location, the business establishments that resided there and the events that took place.


House Walks

The House Walk is a tour of local homes. The Society provides docents who guide visitors through selected areas of the homes on the tour and explains the various historical features of each. The Society is grateful to those who offer to allow their homes to be part of the tour for it enables visitors to develop an appreciation for our community’s architectural heritage. The tour also helps raise funds for the Society.


Fourth of July Parades

1979 Parade

1994 July Fourth Parade

Every year the Palatine Historical Society enters a float in the 4th of July parade. Every year we borrow a hay wagon from John Bruns and the Nolands hitch it to their truck and drive it along the parade route. Of course, we have to decorate it first and every year volunteers spend an evening a day or two before the parade doing that. So, gents out there and ladies, too, we can always use some physical labor for that one night. We have won many prizes for our floats from the Jaycees.

July Fourth 1996

1995 July Fourth Float

St. Patrick’s Day

Parade 2001

Victorian July 4th Parade 2003


Christmas Open Houses

Night Before Christmas

1991 Christmas Tree

On the first Sunday of December, an Open House is held at Clayson House Museum to invite guests to see the house’s Christmas decorations. Each year we try to use a different decorating theme. Punch and cookies are served and holiday music is played. The museum is open from 1:30 to 4:30. Of course, you can visit the museum every Sunday through the New Year or come on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see the holiday decorations, though treats are served only at the Open House. There is no charge for the Open House. Volunteers are asked to bake cookies for that Sunday event.

1993 Front Porch

Christmas 1997 – Jan Degner

Christmas In The Kitchen 2001

Christmas Table

Christmas 1991

Christmas Garden 2004

A Civil War Christmas 2011

Christmas Open House 2011

Civil War soldier in the parlor

Dessert Table at the Christmas Open house 2011

The doll house decorated for Christmas in the Carriage House


Other Events

2005 Awards for our Parade Float

Bell Choir Performing

Dedication of New Train Station 2001

Carolyn Mangold with her Volunteer of the Year Award

Welcome to our Sister City, Fontenay, France

Nancy Cairns With Some of our Guests From France

One of the Ladies Trying on One of our Hats

Four Groves of Palatine

David Hammer Receiving Volunteer of the Year Award From Jay Cozza February 4, 2012

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