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.

Hours:
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 Levitt 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 Levitt Company having completed building all three of its subdivisions, agreed to donate its sales office to serve as the new museum building. In 1975, the building was moved and rolled down Arlington Heights Road to its current location on Dunham Lane. Later that year, the museum officially opened to the community, and appointed a volunteer curator. The museum slowly began to take shape, collecting artifacts from the area and constructing the Town Square, a three-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 hired its first full-time staff member as the director in 1999. 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.
In 2013, the museum received a state grant to overhaul the old Town Square and make it ADA compliant. The gallery was completely gutted and replaced as The Crossroads that opened in April 2014. It now features a greenhouse to represent nurseries in the area like Geimer and Fiore, the Prairie View train station and Weidner General Store.
...Finished train station

Completed train station exhibit

Today, the museum serves as the cultural preserver of Buffalo Grove’s past, storing artifacts and providing quality 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.

2 thoughts on “About Us

  1. In the past you had a list/history of the early families/settlers online. Where is that now? I am descended from the Leist, Weidner, etc. families and would like to cross-check some new info I have. Thank you.

    • The site weidner.org is a great resource for finding info on individuals related both closely and distantly to the Weidner family. I’ve also added the Buffalo Grove timeline and brief history of the area to the “research” tab.

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