Events in Mount Prospect over the past 100 years have been documented by a few local newspapers; occasionally the Chicago Tribune would make brief mentions of the village, and the Daily Herald has been a source of Mount Prospect news since 1901.
Two other newspapers were focused just on Mount Prospect. Both papers document life in Mount Prospect during challenging times in history:
From 1932-1942 the Mount Prospect Review covered local events during the Great Depression and early World War II years.
From April 1966 to June 1970 The Prospect Day covered events during a time of great growth and change in Mount Prospect. Digital copies of these newspapers are searchable on the MPPL website.
The Mount Prospect Review and the historical Daily Herald can be searched through the web resource Newspaper Archive. This source is only available in the Library. The Prospect Day was recently digitized and is available on the MPPL website on this page. The Historical Chicago Tribune, Newspaper Archive and Prospect Day can also be accessed by going to the newspapers section of the Web Resources page of the MPPL website.
If you have questions about how to use these resources, please ask for assistance at the Research Services Desk, call the desk at 847-253-5675 or chat online with a librarian.
On Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 AM, we will join most of North America and Europe, and parts of the rest of the world in “springing forward” and turning our clocks an hour ahead. Popular lore often attributes the one hour shift in daylight to farmers, but the reality is much more complicated. Benjamin Franklin is credited with the modern notion that a time change would save energy, though William Willett, a British builder, formally introduced the idea to the British Parliament in 1908. One year after Willet’s death in 1915, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were the first countries/states to officially enact Daylight Saving Time as an effort to save energy during World War I.
In the United States, The Calder Act established Daylight Saving Time and U.S. Time Zones on March 19th, 1918. The law was officially repealed in October of 1919, though many states and cities did not follow suit, creating a great deal of confusion until Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966.
On March 6th, 2019, the Florida Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, aimed at keeping Daylight Saving Time all year, instead of reverting back to Standard Time from November to March. Currently, American Samoa, the majority of Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not participate in Daylight Saving Time.
Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead!
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