At the Des Plaines History Center
Spiegler Family Book Signing Event
at the Des Plaines History Center
Sunday, October 6th from 1:00 until 3:00 pm
Brief remarks from the author at 2:00 pm.
The Des Plaines History Center is hosting author Allan Spiegler as he presents his nonfiction book “If a Store Could Talk…The Spiegler Family Remembers”. Mr. Spiegler will discuss his family, Des Plaines history, the store and its evolution. All are welcome.
Des Plaines residents remember the Spiegler Department Store. The company operated from June 6th, 1900 until March 31st, 1992. They had their official “going out of business sale,” April through June, 1992 in Downtown Des Plaines. The business grew on Ellinwood Street and then became the anchor store for the Des Plaines Mall. According to History Center Director Philip Mohr, “This is the legacy of a family on the frontier. Not the fictional frontier of cowboy movies, but the real frontier of American immigration, commerce, and suburban life as it progressed through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”
Mr. Spiegler is excited to be coming back to Des Plaines and says “The book portrays an era when local towns were the business center for the community. It has really a lot of interesting insights into the past as well as great anecdotes. In a sense, because I talk about the history of the family, I also tie it to national events. Not only a story of who we were, but who we are today. How the inventions of cars, internet and technology in general have changed the way we shop and live. People no longer shop chiefly in their local community.”