Retired volunteer gives research back to Lombard
Meeting Margot Fruehe back in 2006, I immediately knew I was dealing with a seasoned researcher and scholarly historian. I had just been named the director of the Lombard Historical Society and was eager to speak to the resident historian in Lombard and jump into the history of the community.
Margot had been with the Lombard Historical Society almost since its beginnings in the 1970s. She had worked on several of the major projects over the years, including the William R. Plum book, the models of Lombard's buildings on St. Charles Road, the research and restoration of the Sheldon Peck Homestead and starting a "house file" collection together with James Robinson's photos. The house files are hundreds of files on homes in Lombard, and, if you live in an old house in Lombard, chances are, we have a file on your home.
Margot retired from volunteering at the Society in 2010 and had long promised (or rather warned) that she would someday give the Society "her files." She would tell me that she was not ready to give them to us but I should not forget that she offered. I actually was not sure what that meant, because I assumed that she used the Society's archive to do most of her research. I was wrong.
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