CRETE | The Crete Public Library held Remembering Marshall Field’s with historian Leslie Goddard on March 6.
Goddard traced the Chicago store’s history from the beginning, when Potter Palmer had the idea of building an elaborate one-of-a-kind department store, to Sept. 9, 2006, when the store was officially renamed Macy’s.
The presentation included a detailed and entertaining slide show and lecture plus a table of memorabilia that included fashionable ladies' dress hats, hat boxes, gloves, books and plates.
Palmer offered four things department stores of his time had never attempted. He brought in luxury merchandise, farmer’s items, priced items and no haggling and products could be returned if the customer was not satisfied. He turned shopping into a leisure activity. Several audience members trained or worked at Marshall Field’s and had a great time reminiscing.