Happy Anniversary Barrington!


by Lisa Stamos


Happy New Year! Welcome to our first issue of 2015 and a first step into Barrington’s exciting Sesquicentennial. There’s something for everyone in the year-long Sesquicentennial activities. What will you do to celebrate our Village’s milestone? The 150-year anniversary of the Village’s charter stretches back to the pioneer times of the mid-1860s, covering years of struggle and success, yet the founders of our area go back only about six or seven generations from today.

We’ve been working closely with the Sesquicentennial History Work Group and others who have shared their family stories and archives with us. We are building a special commemorative history edition (to order, see below) that will be delivered around March 1. We’re working to get our arms around how we got here, who helped, and stories of unforgettable characters one would meet along the way. We know you’ll be pleased with the original artwork (some designed with children in mind), never-before-published images and stories, and a robust legacy worth review. We hope the pages of our special edition will benefit future generations and historians. Don’t miss your chance for a copy or two.

Today, there’s exciting news for Illinois with its recent announcement of the United States Navy submarine that will carry our State’s name. Three Barrington residents – Bobby Ferguson, DeeDee Johnson, and Christina Currie – were invited to be key members of the USS Illinois’ Commissioning Committee, a group with an important role in supporting activities and awareness for the USS Illinois ship, and its crew and families. The USS Illinois (SSN-786) is a Virginia-class, nuclear powered submarine currently being built in Groton, Connecticut.

Our beautiful cover photograph was taken recently at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, the largest training center for the United States Navy, and the largest military installation in Illinois. We are grateful for their hospitality and the immense job they do training young men and women for service.

What great fun it is to see citizens, businesses, students, and organizations thoughtfully engaged in supporting Barrington and beyond, now and all through this Sesquicentennial year. We salute the vast, worthwhile, and generous charitable activity in our area. Enjoy the best of Barrington in this, our annual philanthropy issue.

Have a wonderful Sesquicentennial year,