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Images of America - Schaumburg

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Images_of_Schaumburg_book"Images of America - Schaumburg" by Betsy Armistead and the Village of Schaumburg is now available to the public.

How to Purchase

The book is available at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts for $19.99, online from Arcadia Publishing, or call 888-313-2665 for $21.99.

Book Summary

Schaumburg’s earliest residents were primarily German speaking immigrants and their days consisted of farming, community and family. In many ways that remains true today, although now Schaumburg is a mecca of commercial activity. "Images of America - Schaumburg" is a pictorial testament of what life was like for past residents before the days of malls and expressways.

Schaumburg has a unique perspective on the change of the area, and the book uses an amazing array of images to portray the transformation of Schaumburg from a humble settlement to a thriving industrial and community center. The book features:

  • Schaumburg’s nature sanctuary, Spring Valley, as well as the Volkening Heritage Farm
  • St. Peter Lutheran Church, which has been a religious and community center for more than 150 years
  • Bob Atcher, one of the most popular country music singers of the 40s and 50s and frequent performer on the WLS National Barn Dance. Atcher, “Dean of the Cowboys,” went on to become Schaumburg’s second mayor and was extremely influential in shaping the future of the community.

About the Author

Author Betsy Armistead served as Director of Cultural Services for the Village of Schaumburg from 1985 until her retirement in 2018. She oversaw the opening and programming of the Prairie Center for the Arts and is largely responsible for the Prairie Center's current status as a high-profile regional performing arts center. She also oversaw the development and coordination of such village-sponsored special events as the Prairie Arts Festival, Septemberfest and the Volunteer of the Year recognition program.