Society marks 59th season with Museum Opening Gala June 3

Arlyn Booth: Everyday Hero

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Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:30am

Nomination of Arlyn Booth:

I continue to be in awe of Arlyn Booth.

A Crystal Lake native, now living in Marengo, she remains forever true to McHenry County. And she epitomizes that love for this area by volunteering for numerous organizations – including the McHenry County Historical Society & Museum in Union.

No matter the ask, you can always count on Arlyn to step up and help out. She is more reliable than the Marines, more dependable than the post office and more thorough than a forensic investigator. In short, she walks the talk … then builds a bridge so she can walk a little farther.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Valparaiso University and and a library degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she moved to Springfield to work at the Illinois State Library for the Secretary of State. Following her retirement in June 2012, after more than 40 years of service to Illinois residents, she moved back home.

Then she got back to work. Again.

She began volunteering at the Crystal Lake Historical Society, the McHenry County Conservation District, Illinois Railway Museum’s Strahorn Library, the Marengo-Union Library District and at the McHenry County Historical Society. She has been a member of the MCHS board since 2016, serving as secretary and chairing – what else? – our Library Committee.

She volunteers here at least twice a week and frequently more than that, volunteering at events and helping patrons do family research.

She is a conscientious, caring and collaborative volunteer who everyone loves and admires. She is everyone’s Everyday Hero.

- Kurt Begalka

 

 

 

This year’s honorees:

Angela Becker, Scott Block, Dillon Boley, Arlyn Booth,
Dawn Bremer, Robert Clark, Noah Currier, Kim Egger,
Trish Eiserman, Dan Fruin, Maddie Pepe, Carol Quamme,
Laura Townsend, Alicia Wehby, Jolene White

Upcoming events

Museum Opening 2022

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 5:00pm

Vintage Base Ball Match

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 2:00pm

FREE WEEK for residents of Algonquin

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, June 24, 2022 - 1:00pm

FREE WEEK for residents of Algonquin

Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 11:45am
Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 11:45am

35th Annual Heritage Fair

Sunday, July 10, 2022 - 9:00am

Heritage Fair Car Show

Sunday, July 10, 2022 - 9:00am

Free admission for Dorr, Dunham and Richmond Townships

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, July 15, 2022 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, July 22, 2022 - 1:00pm

Free admission for Dorr, Dunham and Richmond Townships

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 12:30pm
Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 12:30pm

Vintage Base Ball Match

Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 2:00pm

Free Museum Admission for Spring Grove and Richmond Residents

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, August 19, 2022 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, August 26, 2022 - 1:00pm

Free Museum Admission for Spring Grove and Richmond Residents

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 11:00am
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 11:00am

Free admission for residents of Ringwood and Algonquin Township

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, September 9, 2022 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 1:00pm
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 1:00pm
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 1:00pm