Historical group honors legacy of Bill Lamb
PRINCETON — The Bureau County Historical Society hosted a special Bill Lamb Event on Nov. 6 to honor Lamb's extensive collection of photographs and motion pictures of the Princeton area.
The event began at the Downtown Pub with appetizers catered by Four and Twenty Cafe. The 140 guests had the opportunity to have their photos taken on the red carpet made available by Wyanet Carpet in a photo booth with a six-foot cardboard likeness of Bill Lamb. All of the photos have been posted on the BCHS's Facebook page.
Guests were given a token for a free BCHS signature drink, the “Old Fashioned,” as well as an old-fashioned glass imprinted with the new BCHS logo.
Steve Bouslog and KB Elliott Financial Advisors generously donated all of the free “Old-Fashioned” drinks for the event. A slide show of Bill Lamb's photos was shown during the reception.
At 7 p.m., the guests crossed Main Street to the Apollo Theater for the BCHS annual meeting and to preview the premiere showing of some of Bill Lamb's films from the 1950s and 1960s in Princeton.
Featured in the films were the original Alexander Park Pool, PHS marching bands, basketball games, parades as well as other scenes of Princeton during that time.
Jay and Lara Schneider donated the use of the Apollo Theater and even placed the Bill Lamb Event on their theater’s marquee.
The Bill Lamb film was produced by BCHS curator David Gugerty. Copies of the DVD will be available starting on Dec. 1 at a cost of $20. Bill Lamb DVDs can be preordered by contacting David Gugerty at the Bureau County Historical Society at 815-875-2184.