The Raupp Museum actively collects objects, documents, photos, and books that help us tell the story of Buffalo Grove. Sometimes those objects are over 100 years old, and sometimes the objects are from more recent events. Take a look at some of the collections donated this year!
High Intensity Desk Lamps
High intensity desk lamps were widely used in the 1960s and 1970s. The first one was made popular by the Tensor Corporation, beginning in 1960s. Other companies, like Art Specialty Company and Ever Ready, made their own versions of the high intensity desk lamp. These lamps were compact but provided lots of light.
This model barn was handmade in 1989 out of barn wood.
Navy Dress Blues Uniform
This Navy Dress Uniform was worn during World War II for special occasions or ceremonies.
Vernon Township Assessors Log
This log book contains all real estate values of individuals living in Vernon Township in 1851. It also contains a count of livestock on each property. This book is an important piece of local history, and documents some of the first European settlers into the area.
Treadle Singer Sewing Machine
This sewing machine was all mechanical - you pushed on the metal grate pedal on the bottom to move the leather belt (attached at different points) that would in turn move the sewing needle up and down. You can try out this artifact in the Museum's main gallery.
Popular toys and collectibles change throughout time. These dolls were collected by a young girl in the 1940s to 1960s. Featured here are two of the dolls from the collection.
Books about the History of Buffalo Grove
- Dedication of St. Mary's Church, 1980
- St. Mary's Church 1947-1961
- The History of Buffalo Grove, 2008
- Saint Mary's, Buffalo Grove 1847-1972
These books are great resources for our archives. They help us piece together the history of Buffalo Grove, and in particular Saint Mary Parish.