All aboard, next stop artifact spotlight #3

Chosen for its attractive color and sheer delight factor, this Lionel Train model passenger car known as the “Macy Special 341,” is definitely something special. With its sturdy molded steel casing and charming exterior¬† details, it is no wonder that Lionel trains were once a staple in living rooms across the country.

The Lionel Corporation was founded in 1900 by Joshua Lionel Cowen in New York City. Cowen’s family immigrated to New York after the Civil War during the height of railroad progress. As a child, trains immediately captured his imagination. At age seven, Cowen carved a small steam engine and wooden locomotive. Years later, he sold his first electric train in 1901 to a store owner in Manhattan. His model trains achieved instant success. By 1902, he was so adept at making toy trains that he started his own company. It went on to being one of the most successful model train companies in the United States until it was bought by General Mills in 1969.

The model belonged to Manuel Benero in the 1930s and donated to the museum by Blanche Kloman in 1996. Although currently not on display, this model train car is a favorite piece in the museum’s permanent collection.

The Truck Farming Exhibit

See what it was like to sell vegetables in Buffalo Grove in the early 1900’s, or take a stroll through the market and look at all the vegetables and flowers the market exhibit has to offer.Whether you wish to walk around our newly constructed truck farming exhibit, spend some time expanding your knowledge of Buffalo Grove’s history, or just want to get out of the house on a lazy summer day, bring your friends and family and visit the¬† Raupp Museum!

Summertime fun

Try-It Tuesdays and Super Sundays

Looking for something fun and different to do with the kids this summer? We are excited to host a number of fun (and free!) summer activities here at the museum. Try-It Tuesdays feature a different free walk-in activity every Tuesday from 1-3.30 PM. If you can’t come for a Try-It Tuesday, no problem! The museum will feature the same walk-in activity every other Sunday from 1-4 PM.

June 15- Butter Churning
June 22 and 27- Surprise activity
June 29- Cornhusk doll making
July 6 and 11- Make a candle
July 13- Surprise activity
July 20 and 25- Weave a bookmark
August 3 and 8- Carve soap
August 10- Make paper

Wild Wednesdays

Enjoy the great outdoors and join us from 10- 10.45 AM for Wednesday morning nature walks. Each Wednesday will have a different theme. We will meet at a park shelter, do a nature activity and then take a walk to find examples of what we have learned. This program is free but please call ahead to register (847.459.2318) so we know you are coming. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

June 16- Trees at Busch Grove Community Park
June 23- Fruits and Flowers at Willow Stream Park
July 7- Animals at Busch Grove Community Park
July 14- Water at Willow Stream Park
July 21- Leaves and Seeds at Busch Grove Community Park