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The Lego Robotics event over the weekend was a smash. Congratulations to all of the teams. We saw some innovative Lego solutions to real natural disaster situations. Want to get involved? Check out the Park District’s Lego Robotics class at: … Continue reading

NEW story time program

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Does your child love stories? The museum offers a story time hour every Friday morning through February 28.  After we read a history story, kids will have an opportunity to touch and learn about related artifacts. The program is best for toddlers and is free of charge. No need to register but all children need to be accompanied by a caregiver.

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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?

Geocaching at the museum

The museum geocache series has gone live! Now, you might be wondering, “what is geocaching?”  Basically, it’s hide and seek treasure hunting using a GPS enabled device. People hide containers called geocaches outside anywhere in the world and post the GPS coordinates of the geocaches for others to find online.  Part of the fun is that a geocache can be any size or type of waterproof container in a hidden location at the coordinates.

This series leads hunters around town highlighting local history. Limited edition souvenir “geocoins” are available at the museum to mark participation in the adventure for a $9 donation (trust me, they are worth every penny). Coordinates are posted at geocaching.com and can be searched by zip code 60089 or by clicking on the links below.

Some Land For A Farm, Worth More For A Busch!

If you are interested in geocaching but still not sure how to get started, the museum is offering a short class on June11 from 10.30-11.30. This is a free class for beginners, but you must register in advance by calling the museum at 847.459.2318.

The play’s the thing

We are delighted to partner with the park district’s Big Deal Productions for the first time ever to present a play based on Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars. This novel was chosen as a Newbery Medal winner in 1990 for its distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

For those unfamiliar with the story, it begins during Nazi occupied Denmark in 1943. The novel centers on ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen. When the Johansens learn of Nazi deportation plans for the Danish Jews, they readily agree to take in Ellen and pretend she is Annemarie’s sister. The story then follows the Johansen family’s role in the Danish resistance efforts to transfer the Rosens as well as other Jewish citizens to the safety of Sweden. It is an impressive example of bravery and doing the right thing in the face of overwhelming odds and danger.

Inspired by the story, the museum will also be featuring a flat-panel exhibit about local figures that changed history by acting in ethical or tolerant manners.  It will be up through the duration of the production and moved into the main gallery afterward.

You can’t miss this! Performances are scheduled for just one week only. Shows are April 28-30 at 7 PM and April 30 and May 1 at 2 PM in the lower gallery at the museum. Tickets will be available at the museum as well as through Big Deal Productions. For more information visit the Buffalo Grove Park District website http://www.bgparkdistrict.org/pr_performing.htm.

New museum adventures

Do you enjoy adventures and history?  So does the museum. We are pleased to offer not one, but two new geocaching hunts starting this spring.

Now, you might be wondering, “well, what is geocaching?”  Basically, it’s hide and seek treasure hunting using your GPS enabled device. People hide containers called geocaches outside anywhere in the world and post the GPS coordinates of the geocaches for others to find.  Part of the fun is that a geocache can be any size or type of waterproof container in a hidden location at the coordinates.
The museum’s first adventure explores a series of historic sites around Buffalo Grove and the surrounding communities.  While there are no physical geocaches to find for this one, a “travel bug” and limited edition souvenir “geocoins” will be available at the museum to mark participation in the adventure. The second search will take hunters through the parks in Buffalo Grove to find geocaches that reveal the location of a special museum lawn gnome.  The museum’s geocache coordinates will be posted on the website and on Facebook in early April.

If you are interested in geocaching but not sure how to get started, the museum will soon offer a short class. We are also developing a Boy Scouts geocaching badge program. More details on these to come. Stay tuned.