Raupp Museum

Raupp Museum The Raupp Museum showcases the history of Buffalo Grove through its collection of local artifacts. It features several exhibits throughout the year and offers special programming for scouts and other groups.
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Admission and parking are free!

Mission: The Raupp Museums mission is to preserve Buffalo Grove’s heritage and to provide the broadest possible public access to knowledge of community history.

Operating as usual

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: The view from museum hill. Both of these photos were taken from the same spot.  The first sh...
09/30/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: The view from museum hill. Both of these photos were taken from the same spot. The first shows the view from the hill in about 1915, when it was the site of the Raupp farm. If you look very closely, you can even see the steeple of St.Mary's Church in the background. The second photo shows the same view today. Why does the first photo look so gloomy? It has to do with the negative used to make the picture. They weren't out photographing in a tornado!

The nose knows!  The Artifact of the Week is a nose push cow waterer.  The bowl would be attached to a water pipe, and w...
09/28/2020

The nose knows! The Artifact of the Week is a nose push cow waterer. The bowl would be attached to a water pipe, and when the cow pushed the lever in the middle with her nose, the bowl would fill up with fresh water to drink. Did they really use it? Cows still do it today! Here is a link to a modern video of Canadian cows pumping their own water in the winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=83&v=25Bgp1srWOk&feature=emb_logo.

Fun in the Fall: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see how plants still look interesting a...
09/23/2020

Fun in the Fall: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see how plants still look interesting after they are done blooming. The seed heads you see here are from sedge and Queen Anne's lace.

09/22/2020
Sewing machine

It works! The museum recently received this beautiful (but non-functioning) Singer sewing machine as a donation. Museum Registrar Marina cleaned it and fixed it so that it can now be a hands-on part of our Main Exhibit Gallery. Want to try it yourself? The sewing machine will be in the exhibit starting next Tuesday.

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: The northwest corner of the intersection of Buffalo Grove Road and Dundee Road has always be...
09/22/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: The northwest corner of the intersection of Buffalo Grove Road and Dundee Road has always been a place for Buffalo Grove to go shopping. The Hornsby's advertisement is from August, 1968, around the time the photograph was taken.

Remember life before the backspace key?  The Artifact of the Week is a Castell circular typewriter eraser.  These were u...
09/21/2020

Remember life before the backspace key? The Artifact of the Week is a Castell circular typewriter eraser. These were used to erase mistakes from the paper while the page was still in the typewriter. The Faber Castell company was selling circular erasers as early as 1890, and by 1923 they had added a brush to make the eraser even more useful. By the 1960s, the eraser had become so popular that it inspired art! The pop artist Claes Oldenburg created giant sculptures of typewriter erasers. You can see one today at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see white asters and sawtooth...
09/16/2020

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see white asters and sawtooth sunflowers. You'll see purple asters too, if you look!

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: Buffalo Grove baseball team circa 1917 and Buffalo Grove High School Boys Baseball 2017. A h...
09/15/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: Buffalo Grove baseball team circa 1917 and Buffalo Grove High School Boys Baseball 2017. A hundred years may go by, but team photos still look the same! Go Cubs! Go Sox! It's fall and everyone is in first place. That's a little history to celebrate.

Is bowling your Fall sport?  The Artifact of the Week is a bowling shirt used by Jean Ladd.  The first bowling alley in ...
09/14/2020

Is bowling your Fall sport? The Artifact of the Week is a bowling shirt used by Jean Ladd. The first bowling alley in Buffalo Grove opened in 1961. It was owned by Rick Casares, a former Chicago Bear who used some of his retirement money to start the Pro Bowl on Dundee Road. At first, people thought no one would come, but it was literally the only game in town, and became very popular very quickly. In fact, in the 1970s, bowling was so popular that the Daily Herald published the bowling league scores and standings every week on the sports page. Do you miss the old K-Mart? That closed in 2002 when the company went bankrupt.

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: The colors of Fall are here!  If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will...
09/10/2020

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: The colors of Fall are here! If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see the sumac leaves beginning to turn and the berries on the Solomon's Seal plants. Caution! The berries are pretty but poisonous. Do not pick them.

Aw shucks! The Artifact of the Week is a cornshucking glove made by the Raidt Company of Shenandoah, Iowa. Cornshucking ...
09/08/2020

Aw shucks! The Artifact of the Week is a cornshucking glove made by the Raidt Company of Shenandoah, Iowa. Cornshucking gloves (also known as cornhusking gloves) were used by farmers to pick field corn by hand. The idea was to remove the cob of corn from the cornstalk, leaving the husk behind. Confused? People still do it today for fun. Here is a video of the Illinois State Cornhusking Contest:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OWBKYs9qnY
Better yet, here is a video of the 1937 National Cornhusking Championships!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21vWSJpgXwE
Thousands of people attended. It is a long video, but if you start at the 5:00 mark, you will get quickly to the husking.

It's National Dog Day! As a bonus post, enjoy these photos of some of our favorite local dogs sporting their own Dogs Di...
09/02/2020

It's National Dog Day! As a bonus post, enjoy these photos of some of our favorite local dogs sporting their own Dogs Dig History tags. Is your dog jealous? The museum still has a few left!

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see jewelweed and elderberrie...
09/02/2020

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see jewelweed and elderberries. Fun facts: The sap from jewelweed is supposed to cure the itching from poison ivy. Jewelweed is also one of the few native plants that is strong enough to compete with invasive garlic mustard.

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: The corner of Navajo Trail and Forest Place, 1959 and 2020.
09/01/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: The corner of Navajo Trail and Forest Place, 1959 and 2020.

No coins due to the national coin shortage?  You can still enjoy our Artifact of the Week: This green and pink plush coi...
08/31/2020

No coins due to the national coin shortage? You can still enjoy our Artifact of the Week: This green and pink plush coin purse dates to the early 1970s. It was part of a set with a larger handbag in the same material.

Wide collars! Class of the Day: Mr. Sienkiewicz's 6th grade class, Alcott School, 1978-1979. Museum Educational Program ...
08/30/2020

Wide collars! Class of the Day: Mr. Sienkiewicz's 6th grade class, Alcott School, 1978-1979. Museum Educational Program of the Day:
https://rauppmuseum.omeka.net/exhibits/show/resources-for-educators
This site will link you to all of the Raupp Museum's educational videos in one place. With eleven programs and counting, we wanted to keep it organized for everyone.

Plaid shirts and plaid pants!  Class of the Day: Mrs. Adler's 6th grade class, Alcott School 1978-79. Museum Educational...
08/28/2020

Plaid shirts and plaid pants! Class of the Day: Mrs. Adler's 6th grade class, Alcott School 1978-79. Museum Educational Program of the Day: Potawatomi Pathways: https://youtu.be/J-w4fNdwaCs

Are you looking for e-learning resources? The Raupp Museum can help.  Whether you are a student, teacher, librarian or g...
08/26/2020

Are you looking for e-learning resources? The Raupp Museum can help. Whether you are a student, teacher, librarian or grandparent-turned-school monitor, we've got you covered. For the next several days, we will share the link to one museum educational program per day. We promise, learning history can be fun! Today's link is to the program What Makes A Good Exhibit?:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhQ-702_SAE&list=UUXBdDsIQTMqSRQBdHrkxRFA&index=2

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see giant goldenrod and cardi...
08/26/2020

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see giant goldenrod and cardinal flower (lobelia cadinalis). The goldenrod is hard to miss, since it can grow up to six feet tall, but the cardinal flower is trickier to spot. Look for it when you are on the path behind the softball fields.

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: Location. Location. Location.  Starting in the 1890s with the Firnbach Tavern, going through...
08/25/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: Location. Location. Location. Starting in the 1890s with the Firnbach Tavern, going through the 1960s with Bill's Buffalo House, and into 2020 with Lou Malnatti's, the corner of Lake-Cook Road and Buffalo Grove Road has always been the place where Buffalo Grove residents could go to eat, drink and meet their neighbors to have some fun.

Now that's a trophy!  The Artifact of the Week was given to the 1st Place Float in the 1964 Buffalo Grove Days Parade.  ...
08/24/2020

Now that's a trophy! The Artifact of the Week was given to the 1st Place Float in the 1964 Buffalo Grove Days Parade. At that time, all of the floats in the parade were homemade by residents. Will you miss seeing the parade this year? (It is cancelled due to Covid.) Stay tuned! The museum will soon be launching a virtual exhibit on Buffalo Grove Days, so you can be there digitally.

Look who's here! After long travel delays, we are proud to introduce Rauppy.  He is keeping watch over the museum from a...
08/20/2020

Look who's here! After long travel delays, we are proud to introduce Rauppy. He is keeping watch over the museum from a prime position near the flag pole; so, if you pass by the museum, be sure to look for him. Rauppy was donated to the museum through the generosity of Girl Scout Service Unit 402, who also donated the oak tree pictured here. Both donations were part of the celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Grove Park District. Bonus: Rauppy has cousins! Keep an eye out for more buffalo in the parks.

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see Scarlet Beeblossom and Qu...
08/19/2020

Blooming in Buffalo Grove: If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see Scarlet Beeblossom and Queen Anne's Lace. Fun fact: Queen Anne's Lace is also called Wild Carrot, and it is in the same family as dill and cilantro.

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: School starts this week! Our photograph shows St.Mary's School circa 1917.  It looks crowded...
08/18/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: School starts this week! Our photograph shows St.Mary's School circa 1917. It looks crowded, but the kids were gathered into one classroom just for the picture. In fact, St. Mary's had three classrooms at this time: one for 1st - 2nd grade, one for 3rd - 4th grade, and one for 5th - 8th grade. What does school look like today? We'd love it if you shared a picture with us.

Is your prizewinning tomato ready? The Artifacts of the Week are ribbons from the Buffalo Grove Days Homemaking Contest....
08/17/2020

Is your prizewinning tomato ready? The Artifacts of the Week are ribbons from the Buffalo Grove Days Homemaking Contest. This was once part of Buffalo Grove Days, and contestants could enter in the categories of baking, gardening, canning and sewing. There was even an overall prize for Homemaker of the Year! These ribbons were all won by Mrs. Marianne Krug.

What's blooming in Buffalo Grove?  If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see evening primrose ...
08/12/2020

What's blooming in Buffalo Grove? If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Community Park today, you will see evening primrose (yellow) and wild morning glory. Bonus Picture: The monarchs are enjoying the swamp milkweed.

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: Do you recognize the intersection? The first photo shows the intersection of Arlington Heigh...
08/11/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: Do you recognize the intersection? The first photo shows the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Dundee Road in about 1972, right before Buffalo Grove High School was built. The second photo shows the same intersection in 2017. Confused? Use the small circular street to orient yourself. Bonus fact: If you look up to the top of the 1972 photo, you can see the construction happening on Lake-Cook Road. At that time, it was still being built!

No vacuuming robots needed!  The Artifact of the Week is a rug beater.  Before vacuums, the best way to clean a carpet w...
08/10/2020

No vacuuming robots needed! The Artifact of the Week is a rug beater. Before vacuums, the best way to clean a carpet was to roll it up, take it outside, hang it on the clothesline and whack it with a rug beater so that all the dirt and dust flew out. What did that sound like? Click here to see someone use a rug beater today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHwWBVtBxC4.

Last Chance! A friendly reminder that the special exhibit Cloth as Community will only be at the Raupp Museum for two mo...
08/09/2020

Last Chance! A friendly reminder that the special exhibit Cloth as Community will only be at the Raupp Museum for two more days. If you would like to see this wonderful artwork, visit us this Monday or Tuesday between 11 am - 4:30 pm. After that, the exhibit will be packed up and sent to a new museum in California.

We are digital!  The Raupp Museum is proud to announce that we now have an online database, featuring digital exhibits a...
08/06/2020

We are digital! The Raupp Museum is proud to announce that we now have an online database, featuring digital exhibits and artifacts from the collection. The digital exhibits will feature different stories and artifacts than the exhibits in our galleries; so, be sure to check us out online and in person. Here is the link: https://rauppmuseum.omeka.net/.

What's blooming in Buffalo Grove?  If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Park today, you will see wild leek (allium) and dogb...
08/05/2020

What's blooming in Buffalo Grove? If you take a walk in Mike Rylko Park today, you will see wild leek (allium) and dogbane. Bonus picture: The beebalm featured last week is still blooming, and it had a visitor.

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: For nearly 100 years, if you wanted to go shopping in Buffalo Grove, you went to the Weidner...
08/04/2020

Buffalo Grove Then and Now: For nearly 100 years, if you wanted to go shopping in Buffalo Grove, you went to the Weidner General Store. The first picture shows the store in the 1890s, when it was the only store in town. The second picture shows the same building in 1973, when it had been converted into the Village School of Folk Music, and the third picture shows the building that is in that location today: Deerfield's Bakery on Buffalo Grove Road. What did the Weidner General Store sell? You can find out soon. In the next few weeks, the museum will be launching an online exhibit based on store receipts from 1919.

And now, your new Miss Buffalo Grove is Lynn Kloman!  The Artifacts of the Week are from the 1971 Miss Buffalo Grove Pag...
08/03/2020

And now, your new Miss Buffalo Grove is Lynn Kloman! The Artifacts of the Week are from the 1971 Miss Buffalo Grove Pageant, which took place in July that year. Miss Kloman wore the evening gown in the competition; and, for the talent competition, she did an interpretive dance to the music from the movie "The Pink Panther." As the contest winner, she received the crown, her portrait, a cash prize, and the chance to compete in the Miss Illinois Pageant. She did not win Miss Illinois, but had fun competing. Many years later, she visited the museum, and after seeing her artifacts on display, shared that she was especially happy with the cash prize that she won, which just covered the cost of the dress.

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901 Dunham Ln
Buffalo Grove, IL
60089

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 11:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:30
Thursday 11:00 - 16:30
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(847) 850-2135

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