Local History Archives from the Huntley Area Public Library.
Huntley Native Featured In Cubs Documentary

Huntley Native Margaret Donahue: A Chicago Cubs Legend

First Woman Corporate Officer in Major League Baseball Huntley native Margaret Donahue was reluctant to take a job with the Chicago Cubs. It wasn’t exactly the job she was hoping for. But now, 35 years after her death, plans are being made to honor her as a Cubs legend. Margaret is the youngest girl, far left. Margaret was born on a Huntley farm December 13, 1892, the second of eight children of Daniel and Hannah Connor Donahue. The farm at…

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Huntley Native Featured In Cubs Documentary

Huntley Native Featured In Cubs Documentary

The Chicago Tribune put together this look at the career of Huntley Native Margaret “Midge” Donahue, who became the first female front office executive in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs. Huntley Library Historian Mary Beth Manning is interviewed in the video. Donahue is credited with creating the concept of season tickets. Huntley Native Featured In Cubs Documentary

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Huntley Historical Society Donates Oral Histories

Members of the Huntley Historical Society visited the Huntley Area Public Library on Monday, February 25 to present the Library’s Local History Department with DVDs of oral history recordings from long-time local residents. Historical Society members produced the interviews.  Elaine Kadakia and Jim Donohue interviewed residents, and Mark Skaja filmed each session. Below is a YouTube playlist of the interviews:

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Huntley History 100 Years Ago: Local Voices

Huntley Area Public Library Historians Mary Beth Manning and Nancy Bacheller presented “Huntley History: 100 Years Ago” at the library for the monthly program — Local Voices. It was the second time the duo spoke to the community to a packed house. For those that could not make it, and Huntley history buffs, we recorded the event for you to view. Watch Huntley History 100 Years Ago

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Tour Historic Downtown Huntley with the Local History Department

Huntley’s Historic Town Square: A Self-Guided Tour Huntley Apartments.  The Huntley School Apartments built in 1875, addition in 1910, was the local elementary school. High School students were added in the 1890s. Congregational Church.  The 10-year old congregation built the Congregational Church in 1863.  The building, plaqued by the McHenry County Historical Society, is the oldest church in continuous use in Mc Henry County. The Offie’s Tap building dates to c.1940. Originally it housed a barbershop and coffee shop, as…

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