2022 Upcoming Museum Events Long-Time Museum Volunteer Turns 100 Years Old Alice Fitzgerald spent over a decade of service as a member of the Rolling Meadows Historical Society (including a term as Society President); and has lived in her Rolling Meadows Home for over 66 years. Help us Celebrate by sending a birthday card (via the museum) and joining a drive-by parade on January 27th at 1pm, starting at St. James and Dove street. Let’s help Alice celebrate her 100th birthday! Learn more>
Send Alice a birthday card through the Rolling Meadows Historical Museum before January 25th, and they’ll be collected and delivered to Alice by the museum staff.
2022 Upcoming Events – Esther Perica Presentation on Rolling Meadows history and her research (coming TBD 2022) – Avon / Tupperware Event (coming 2022) – Little Free Library Dedication Event (Spring 2022)
When making decisions regarding furnishing The 1950s house, the curator and society created a fictional family. They developed a profile of this imaginary family and used it as a guide when selecting objects for the museum. The parents are Mildred and Fred. Fred was a Korean War Veteran and they met in college where Fred attended on the GI Bill. After they married and the children started to arrive, they needed a new home. The advertisements for Kimball Hill drew them to Rolling Meadows. Most of the early residents were young married couples fresh from the service or college. Few had older children, many were expecting. While some had a few pieces of furniture from relatives most were starting fresh. The new homes were furnished with furniture the young couples could afford and which also reflected their taste. In the early 1950s the style of the day was about color and clean lines.
The first section of Kimball Hill homes in Rolling Meadows sold for between $11,000 to $13,000 in 1953. They came with a selection of two colors of floor tile, (black and grey…brown was later added) and a Norge washer and dryer. Ladies who were early residents had to attend a class at the model home on how to use the clothes dryer as many of them had never owned or used one before.
Mildred and Fred had three children – Danny (seven), Susan (five) and baby Judy (two). Danny and Susan shared a bedroom with a bunk bed. Judy’s nursery is the third bedroom.
As a landscaper, Fred had a beautiful yard which he hoped would encourage his neighbors to patronize his business. Mildred was a full-time homemaker and was involved with her family, her church, her local school and the community. Mildred and Fred made a nice life in Rolling Meadows. They were glad they had saved their money to purchase a dream home of their own.
The Rolling Meadows 1950s House Museum has re-opened after Covid-19 restrictions caused a temporary closure. The museum will be open to the public on Sundays from 1-4 pm and other weekdays by appointment only.
City of Rolling Meadows and CDC guidelines for visiting public buildings will be followed and posted at the museum.
Tours will be limited to one group (or family) at a time… to cover the social distancing as best as possible. If you would like to secure a specific time for a Sunday tour, you are welcome to make appointments by calling 847-577-7086.
You’re Invited to the 1950’s House! 1950’s Style Avon & Tupperware Lecture/Party EVENT POSTPONED! New date to be Spring 2022.
1. Limited seating for 25 individuals 2. $5.00 per person in advance to hold seat. 3. RSVP to Kent Nyblin 847-845-5389.
Join us to learn about the mid-century history of these two iconic companies from Presenters who were representatives and salespeople.
About Avon: AVON recognized that women would make natural sales representatives, and would passionately sell products and gain financial independence. Throughout the company’s 130 years, there have been a long line of Avon Representatives, and each with their own unique story. An early representative was Viola Morse who worked for Avon from 1951-1962. When she started working, she walked 3-4 miles daily to visit her customers. Eventually she purchased a car, used her Avon earnings to send her kids to college and was hired to manage her sales district.
About Tupperware: TUPPERWARE was developed in 1946. Tupperware developed a direct marketing strategy to sell products known as the Tupperware party. The Tupperware party allowed women of the 1950s to work and enjoy the benefits of earning an income. During the early 1950s, Tupperware’s sales and popularity exploded. Opportunities to win and/or purchase Avon and Tupperware products! EVENT POSTPONED. New date to be scheduled Spring 2022.
The 1950s House / Historical Museum Open House and Cookie Sale May 2022 in conjunction with the Garden Club Plant Sale
In conjunction with Rolling Meadows Garden Club annual plant sale. Free Museum tour and cookie sale. Visit the 1950s house historical museum to see a house full of vintage, retro style. Step into the 1950s as you tour an authentic replica of a mid century Kimball Hill ranch home in Rolling Meadows, IL.
Experience for yourself what it felt like for a family to live in one of these early Rolling Meadows homes. After the home tour, stop in the education center and see all the displays of 1950s memorabilia.
EVENT CANCELLED! Mark your Calendar: Saturday May 9, 2020 | 9am – 1pm