Defining Our Legacy: Share Your Project Ideas for Glencoe's 150th
By Village Manager Phil Kiraly
I am often reminded of the many legacies that we celebrate here in Glencoe. Because of decisions made and actions taken by our predecessors, today’s residents enjoy a wide range of community assets—from our beautiful parks, to the Green Bay Trail, to a bustling downtown business district. Other legacies are less physical in nature, such as our Council-Manager form of government, combined Public Safety Department and commitment to historic preservation. More recently, the efforts of the Glencoe Historical Society shined a spotlight on the legacy of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright as well as on the legacies of the five Glencoe residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country during World War I. These legacies shape our daily lives in ways big and small.
In this light, I am excited to announce that as part of Glencoe’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Village and Glencoe Historical Society are partnering to help facilitate a legacy project – a gift to future Glencoe community members to commemorate the Village’s 150th anniversary of incorporation in 2019. But to ensure that the project is truly fitting of our great community, we need your help! Over the course of the next month and a half, the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee is asking for you to submit your legacy project ideas. Ask yourself, “What do I want Glencoe to look like in 10, 20 or 50 years?” Do you want to see a new park feature? Enhancements to the Green Bay Trail? An endowment to the arts? A fountain or sculpture? Something else?
How you give us feedback is up to you. Starting this weekend, you can chalk your idea on Candy Chang-style boards in front of Village Hall on Wyman Green (remember how we used these for the Downtown Plan? They are a lot of fun for all ages!). Feel free to add ideas more than once, as the boards will be installed through Saturday, August 4. Should you like to discuss ideas in-person, members of the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee are also hosting an information booth at the Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21 French Market events from 10 a.m.-Noon. Those who are unable to stop by Wyman Green are also invited to submit their ideas via the Sesquicentennial splash page at www.glencoe150.org.
To be considered, the legacy project idea should be something that is long-lasting and accessible to all in the community (located in a public place or benefiting the public in general). The project will be funded in large part or wholly through private donations—as such, any associated costs of development, installation and maintenance should be kept in mind and will be taken into consideration by the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee when selecting a final set of ideas to consider further.
The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee also continues to invite any individual interested in helping with the Sesquicentennial celebration to fill out the “Get Involved” form also available at www.glencoe150.org. Please contact the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee Staff Liaison Megan Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org / (847) 461-1104 with any questions.
I look forward to your ideas for defining our legacy!