Our Wonderful Volunteers

Volunteering with the Palatine Historical Society

The Palatine Historical Society is always looking for talented people who are willing to donate time for projects, fundraisers and events that we schedule throughout the year.

Most of the people who volunteer are dedicated, generous and interested in preserving Palatine history. The Historical Society could not function without these gifted people. Everybody has a special talent. Maybe your talent is organizing, you could help out with the library indexing pictures, cards and letters. Maybe you enjoy talking to people, you might be able to help with oral interviews. Our museum is always looking for people to help with tours on the weekends. If you are an actor, you would love our cemetery walk where we have actors portray people who are buried at Hillside Cemetery.

If you have helped in the past and are looking to get involved again we would love to see you. If this is your first time, please come down to the museum, walk around and get involved.

Thank you – Joe Petykowski, President

Float Building 101

Float Building 101

Carol Berry

In Memoriam: Carol Berry

Carol Berry, a volunteer of the Palatine Historical Society for many, many years, passed away on June 6th, 2013 at Northwest Community Hospital. She held a few different board positions as well as helping out with any project or event that needed help. She helped decorate the museum for Christmas and put in a lot of hours working at the teas, among other things. In addition she was active in her church, belonged to a book club and liked to travel. She baked lots and lots of cookies and made soup for friends who were not well. Carol, we already miss you!

PHS Membership Fun

In Memoriam: Marilyn Pedersen

All of us here at the Palatine Historical Society and those that Marilyn has touched throughout the community miss her deeply. Marilyn was a dedicated, valuable and loyal volunteer and employee of the Palatine Park District for over 40 years. She retired as the full-time Museum Coordinator for the District in 2015 and continued as a part-time Coordinator until May of 2018. Marilyn was instrumental in the success of so many facets of the Park District over her tenure. Her contributions began as a volunteer, prior to her employment at the District, with the restoration of the Clayson House in the 1970s and the Carriage House relocation from Plum Grove Road and Wilson Street to the Clayson House property in 1981. Marilyn played an active role in the growth, development and improvement of the District by helping preserve Palatine’s history for residents of all ages. Marilyn was the backbone of the Clayson House, orchestrating the operation of the facility along with coordinating and organizing numerous volunteers. As a valued, active member of the Palatine Historical Society, her many contributions are countless and her legacy will live on for generations. The Historical Society has dedicated the Front Parlor in the Clayson House Museum to be named, The Marilyn Pedersen Room.