About Raupp Museum

The Raupp Museum is a local history museum serving the community of Buffalo Grove, Illinois and surrounding areas. The museum's three galleries showcase Buffalo Grove's history from the early 1830s to the present. Educational programs are available for school groups, scout groups, and adult clubs.

Free film screening: Night of the Living Dead

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Friday, October 13 from 7-9pm
Join us at the museum for a spooky fun night. We’re watching George Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead. Bring your own food or enjoy some free popcorn. There will be beer and wine available for purchase (21+ only, of course). No registration necessary.

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Collections 102, part 4: how do I store… books and photos

If you’ve been following this series, by now you have a working knowledge of preservation materials and storage options for your family treasures. Last week, the blog touched on textiles. This week’s post takes a closer look at how to care for family books and photos (scrapbooks and albums, too).

Quick version:

  • Books are best stored upright (vertically) on shelves
  • Books and photos should have minimal light exposure to avoid fading
  • Avoid writing on the back of photos
  • Keep food and drinks away while handling items

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Collections 102, Part 3: how do I store…textiles

So you’ve inherited the family textile heirlooms, now what? Textiles include clothing, rugs, blankets, lace or other fabrics. Bottomless quote generator, Ben Franklin noted: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It certainly applies to textile care; small measures now ensure good long term preservation. Let’s get started.

The quick version:

  • Don’t store in a basement, attic or garage (really, you’ll regret it)
  • Remove dry cleaning bags and wire hangers
  • If a textile is sturdy, hang it up
  • If it is heavy (like a quilt), box it up
  • If it is fragile, roll it up

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Collections 102, part 2: how do I store… vintage plastics

So last week tackled preservation materials and storage environment best suited for maintaining heirlooms and treasures at home. If you haven’t seen it, check it out real quick before you read this.

Vintage plastics

Whether Bakelite jewelry, celluloid toys, PVC fashion dolls, or mid-century kitchen chairs, plastics can be particularly tricky to store and preserve long term.

The quick version:

  • Don’t store them in sealed plastic containers or bags
  • Store them flat and avoid jostling or temperature fluctuation
  • Avoid cleaning with water or other wet solvents. Wipe with a dry micro fiber cloth
  • Odor indicates active degradation: sickly sweet “plasticy”/camphor/vinegar

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Collections 102, part 1: preserving family treasures at home

So you’ve inherited family heirlooms. Now what? This post covers the most cost effective supplies to preserve your treasures and the best places in your home to store them. Next week’s post discusses specifics for books, photos, textiles, jewelry and plastics.

If you just want the quick version, remember two things:

  • Archival supplies will preserve your treasures. Regular office supplies will destroy them (I’m looking at you, cellophane tape, rubber bands and paperclips).
  • Your heirlooms are most comfortable at room temperature.

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Collections 101: part 2

This post answers the question of what happens to stuff when you donate it to a museum. If you missed Collections 101: part 1, quick check it out before you continue with this one. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… Caught up? Okay. The next step in the process is to cart the item downstairs to storage for glamour shots and wrapping. Continue reading

Collections 101: part 1

2014-02-001-open-caseHave you ever wondered, “what happens to an item when I donate it to a museum?” Well, you’re  in luck because that’s just what this post is tackling. Take a (geeky and technical, but hopefully not too boring) behind the scenes look at how objects are processed and join the Raupp Museum’s permanent collection and stored for future study and display.
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