Browse Exhibits (14 total)



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Buffalo Grove Days: Celebrating Community


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


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.

Christmas Correspondence


This holiday season, many families and friends will be separated. But that shouldn't stop anyone from sending the holiday cheer! There have been times in Buffalo Grove's history where community members were far away. Its residents have sent cards to spread Christmas cheer, send greetings, or catch up if they can't visit family during the holidays. 

Explore a collection of holiday cards from the early 1900s to 1920s. Included in this exhibit:

  • Christmas From Overseas: World War I - Take a chance to go back 100 years, during World War I when many families were separated. Buffalo Grove resident Bernard Raupp was sent to serve during the war, but he made sure to keep in touch with his cousin Josephine back home. Explore his letters around the holidays.

  • Christmas Postcards, C. 1910. - George Leikam was born in 1902 in Buffalo Grove. His family and friends sent many postcards for every holiday, especially his Grandmother. Take a closer look at the many postcards he saved in an album. 

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


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.  

Historic Cookbook Gallery


Take this Thanksgiving holiday to explore Thanksgiving receipes from the historic cookbooks in our collection. This gallery features photos of cookbooks from the 1880s to 1980s.

Click on any of the cookbooks listed on the right for a gallery of images and more information. 

Keep Your Receipts: Shopping In Buffalo Grove 100 Years Ago


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


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


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


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 monthly.

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