Marge Hill is the current Vice President and Chairman of Education for the Greendale Historical Society. Their mission is to preserve and foster appreciation of Greendale, which is one of only three American Greenbelt communities. One of the ways that she shares her knowledge of Greendale is by taking students on a historical walking tour of Greendale. She has a true passion for Greendale’s history which also shines through in her excitement and dedication to the Apple Court Renovation Project.
Aside from having a nearly full-time commitment with the Historical Society, Marge is the President of the Greendale Women’s Club and past Chairman of Parish Life at her church. She also enjoys spending time with students at College Park Elementary School as a reading buddy.
Before becoming a full-time volunteer, Marge was a financial planner. She was in the financial industry in different capacities for 35 years or more. She traveled a lot which gave her the opportunity to take her kids around the world.
Thank you, Marge, for your love of Greendale and for your dedication to preserving and sharing our unique history!
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I was in financial industry for 35 years or longer and when I retired I wanted to follow what I like to do but that wasn’t work related. One of the things that I was always interested in was history. I lived in a historical village so I got involved with the historical society and got to know the group and the work that they were doing. I volunteered to do things and now it’s nearly a full-time job.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Greendale, and what do you love there?
A: For breakfast and lunch I love Sugar and Flour Bakery Cafe and for dinner Joey Gerard’s. We enjoy the pizza at Ricardo’s. I also love Explorium and The Steakout. I eat at Ferch’s Malt Shoppe and Panther Pub as well. I love all the restaurants here!
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Greendale?
A: I lived in Greendale for 28 years and have been involved with the Greendale Historical Society for 10 years or longer.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Greendale?
A: There are lot of people that are so interesting and so helpful and have gotten me up to speed on what’s gone on in Greendale all the years before I came. First, Kathleen Kendellen Hart, she is our secretary and she has been a long-time member of the Historical society. She was in the first kindergarten class of Greendale and is now in her mid 80’s! She’s my go to person and I learn amazing things from her. Second is Sally Chadwick who is a Village Trustee and a past president of the historical society. She is endlessly enthusiastic about the village and always coming up with good ideas. And last but not least is Mary Mainella. She is not an officer of the historical society but quietly works behind the scenes. Her husband, Ted, is our Treasurer. Mary was born here and knows everything about Greendale. We are partners in planning the historical trips. Those 3 ladies, in different capacities, have been very inspiring to me.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I would go to Italy and Greece. Those are the only countries in Europe I haven’t visited.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: I think the first movie was an Elvis Presley movie, Love Me Tender, but my favorite movie is Out of Africa with Meryl Streep.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Depending on what the crowd in doing, “Line up and don’t push.” When we have a big group of people that we are dealing with, we break them up into smaller groups.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Probably travel to Greece and Italy. I try to do new stuff all the time, but travel is the main thing on my bucket list right now.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: I’d like to see The Beatles again, with all 4 of them. I saw them a long time ago. I’d also like to see Elton John again and maybe ABBA.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Greendale?
A: The Shoppe Around the Corner. It was my favorite shop and it’s gone now. It was fabulous. I also liked Reiman Publications Visitor Center, which was a fun place to go.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: Eleanor Roosevelt. We would have lunch at Sugar and Flour. She was a very interesting woman who, after her husband passed away, really became a worldwide ambassador for the United States.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Greendale?
A: Greendale has a protected nature. That’s the feeling I like, that you’re all together in this small, cozy and charming little village. Nobody has a downtown like us.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: Still here and probably doing the same fun things that I’m doing now.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I love winter clothes, boots, sweaters and turtle necks. I’m a singer and I play piano. I was in choirs for about 35 years.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Family, Comfort and Relaxation.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Harrison Ford.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?