The Raupp Museum is dedicated to preserving Buffalo Grove’s heritage and sharing the community’s history with everyone.
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.
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.
The museum hired its first full-time staff member as the director in 1998. In 2002 after receiving a state grant, 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 an additional 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.
Today, the museum serves as the cultural preserver of Buffalo Grove’s past, storing artifacts and providing quality educational programs for area residents.