Presidents’ Day at the Museum

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Did you know President Ford once visited Buffalo Grove? On March 12, 1976 he attended and spoke at a presidential campaign rally at Buffalo Grove High School. President Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Regan that year for the Republican nomination but of course, lost the general election to Jimmy Carter. The Ford Presidential Library and Museum has a copy of his schedule for the day he visited Buffalo Grove. It’s interesting to see what a day on the campaign trail looked like. Check it out at: http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/document/diary/pdd760312.pdf

To find out more about Ford’s visit to Buffalo Grove, stop by the main gallery at the Raupp Museum.  While you’re here, join Rufus in celebrating Presidents’ Day at the museum by making a (free, human-sized) Lincoln inspired stovepipe hat on Monday 2/20 from 1-3.30.

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And the award for best chili goes to…

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Here at the museum, we have a little bit of a competitive streak. So, this week’s first annual Buffalo Grove Park District staff chili cook-off gave us a chance to get juices flowing! Nine departments competed for bragging rights and this magnificent trophy. The museum made a great effort with a hearty, spicy chili with tomatoes, beans, onions and our secret ingredient: chorizo.  Although we tried to vote early and vote often (in the time honored Chicago tradition), we ultimately lost the contest to a tie between a delicious venison Chili and a scrumptious concoction with corn and beans. Well, there is always next year.  Do you have any chili secrets to share?

Be my valentine: artifact spotlight #7

We are Valentine’s Day enthusiasts here at the museum and we’ve already eaten enough heart-shaped treats today to prove it.  Aside from chocolates and roses, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without cards. The commercialization of the holiday has steadily advanced to its present state beginning in the mid eighteenth century.

Exchanging Valentine’s Day messages first became popular in mid 1700s England. The development of a more reliable, affordable postal service made it possible for people to mail each other messages of love. Tokens of affection were handmade with lace, paper, ribbons and poetic rhymes. Talk about a labor of love! Continue reading