About Us

The Raupp Memorial Museum is Buffalo Grove’s only museum! We are dedicated to preserving Buffalo Grove’s heritage and sharing the community’s history with everyone.

Monday to Thursday: 11:00 to 4.30 PM
Friday and Saturday: Closed (visits by appointment)
Sunday: 1:00 to 4:00 PM

We are also closed most major bank holidays. Please call (847)459-2318 if you would like to visit the museum outside of normal open days and hours.

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The museum’s history

The idea to create a historical museum in Buffalo Grove was first proposed by the Raupp brothers, bachelors who owned a large farm north of what is now Lake Cook Road.  The brothers agreed to deed two lots of land at the site of their farmhouse to the Village of Buffalo Grove in 1964, for the purpose of creating a library or history museum at the site.  The area was actually deeded to the Buffalo Grove Park District in 1971 when the Raupp family sold the rest of their land to the Leavitt Development Company.

The Park District moved forward with plans to turn the area into a museum dedicated to the history of Buffalo Grove and renovations commenced on the farmhouse. The project was moving along until 1972, when the farmhouse caught fire and burned to the ground.

Future museum building rolling the hill at the Dunham Lane site, C. 1975.

A new plan was quickly formed, when the Leavitt Company having completed building all three of their subdivisions, agreed to donate their sales office to sue as the new museum building. In 1975, the building was rolled down Arlington Heights Road and after some tribulations, was places at its current location on Dunham Lane. Later that year, the museum was officially opened to the community, and Ted Uskali was appointed volunteer curator. The Museum slowly began to take shape, collecting artifacts from the area and constructing the well-known Town Square, a thee-dimensional interactive exhibit of Buffalo Grove at the turn of the century. On September 19, 1979, the Raupp Memorial Museum was officially dedicated.

Museum building, C. 1976

The museum functioned under Uskali’s tutelage until 1997, when a full-time staff member was hired as the director. In 2002, the museum underwent a major renovation, which added a new wing, a lower gallery, and collection storage area. The main exhibit area was completely renovated in 2005. Today, the museum serves as the cultural preserver of Buffalo Grove’s past, storing artifacts and providing educational programs for area residences.

About the blog

This blog is just one way we can share our stories with you! Here you can find out what is happening behind-the-scenes, and read interesting stories about the museum and the collection.

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