Browse Exhibits (15 total)

Buffalo Grove Days: Celebrating Community

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Buffalo Grove Days has been a community celebration since the 1960s. It has been a good place to make friends, meet neighbors, and celebrate everything Buffalo Grove. Events have included a parade, homemakers contest, and race! Explore the history of event and what it means to our community. 

Buffalo Grove's First Neighborhood

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The first neighborhood in Buffalo Grove wasn't built until the late 1950s. Al Frank, local builder, built the first neighborhood along Bernard Drive. After that, the predominantly farmland became neighborhoods and shopping centers in the following years. Learn more about this transitional time in "The First Neighborhood" exhibit.

Day in the Life of a Buffalo Grove Kid, C. 1910

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The Chicago suburbs were not always the bustling, packed places they are today. They were much quieter, smaller, and stinkier - That is if you were a kid on a dairy farm in Buffalo Grove, Illinois! Explore what a day would be like for a child, 7-8 years old, that lived in Buffalo Grove in 1910.  

Five Days at the Firnbach & Raupp General Store

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The Firnbach & Raupp General Store was an essential part of the Buffalo Grove community. It was the place where residents purchased food, farming equipment and household items. It also served as a place of social gathering, as one would often meet friends when shopping. This summer, seventy eight receipts from September 1, 1919 to September 5, 1919 were catalogued by Ari, a Buffalo Grove High School senior. This exhibit displays items purchased during five days at the Firnbach & Raupp General Store.

Keep Your Receipts: Shopping In Buffalo Grove 100 Years Ago

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When you need the essentials today, there is no limit to the store options you have and the variety of brands to choose from for your clothes, cleaning supplies, food, or even coffee maker. 

After shopping, how long would you keep your receipts for? A few minutes, a day, the end of the month? The Weidner General Store in Buffalo Grove kept receipts for many months, tracking shoppers credits. Now 100 years later, those receipts tell us about what people bought, how much, and the variety of goods they could pick up at their store in Buffalo Grove. 

Take time in this online exhibit to explore some old receipts, try to dissect the handwritting (its harder than you think), and compare what looks similar or different from your weekly shopping list.  

Keeping in Touch

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Today there are many ways that we can communicate with our friends and family. We understand the importance of keeping in touch, sharing important information, and updating each other on the latest changes in our lives.  This principle has been important for friends and families for hundreds of years, the methods just took different form. In this exhibit, explore how two sisters stayed in touch over 100 years ago. 

New Objects at the Museum

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Explore recently donated items into the Museum's collection! Learn how to donate an item to the Museum and what we consider when accepting donations. 

Opening the Blue Box

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Are you interested in learning more about the Museums collection? Do you ever wonder what we have in our storage that isn't on display? Explore the Raupp Museum's collection one blue box at a time. This is an ongoing program that will be updated every other month.

Check back for more videos - we have over 200 boxes to open!

Resources for Educators

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Are you an educator looking for resources on local history? Check out our list of videos, downloadable lessons, and more.  If you have ideas for areas that would help in your classroom, leave us a message on the Contact Us page, or email museum@bgparks.org.

Current lessons are listed below and on the right. 

Interested in an in-person educational program at the Museum? We are currently open to groups for in-person programs. To see a full list of programming, visit our School Programs Listing. Call 847.850.2135 or email museum@bgparks.org to schedule.

The Hottest - and Coldest - Kitchen Technology

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When we think of the newest and latest technology, the kitchen doesn’t always come to mind. The variety of technology to help us heat up food, keep food cold, and mix ingredients changed quickly. Some items, like toasters, have been around for over 100 years but the design has been updated and made safer. Newer technologies, like the microwave, didn’t become popular (and affordable) in homes until the 1970s. Take a look at some of these kitchen tech tools from the 1920s – 1980s.