Family Game Night: Nostalgia Edition

Board games, involving chance, skill, small tokens and big families, have followed humans throughout history wherever they’ve settled, and Buffalo Grove is no exception. From the familiar games of your childhood to the earliest piece in our collection, family game night has been a staple in our community for as long as we’ve been Buffalo Grove!

Let’s step back in time and remember all those wonderful (if not always harmonious) hours spent with family and friends.

1970s – Tiddily Turtles

Tiddily Turtles board game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Tiddily Turtles board game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Produced by Amsco Industries, Inc., Tiddily Turtles is a variation on the popular Tiddily Winks games. The turtles could be pressed and made to flip themselves forwards – but not always where you wanted!

1960s – Hi-Ho! Cherry-O

Hi-Ho! Cherry-O Board Game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Hi-Ho! Cherry-O Board Game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Always a favorite, Hi-Ho! Cherry-O was produced by Western Publishing Company. A simple game involving a spinning arrow, some buckets and some plastic cherries, the objective was to have the best harvest – and the best time.

1930s – 5-in1 Transogram Board

5-In-1 Transogram Board, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

5-In-1 Transogram Board, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

This colorful board made in 1938 by Transogram Company, Inc. really was entertainment for hours – with two sides for double the fun! It included Dog Race, Fish Pond, and several other dice-based games. Talk about a multitasker!

1920s-30s – Mahjong Set

Mahjong Set, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Mahjong Set, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

For those who aren’t initiated, Mahjong is an intellectual game involving matching cards and luck of the dice. This set is the oldest board game in our collection, and is made of bamboo tiles, bone chips and bone dice.

In some cases, the games have changed drastically over the years – and in others, they’re just as they’ve always been. The boards may be updated, but no matter where we go, one thing’s for certain: with a game or two along, you’ll never be bored.

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Author: Casey Faist

Summer Activities Lineup


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Kids must be accompanied by an adult for all programs.

Try It Tuesday Activities 1:00-3:30 PM
@ Raupp Museum

6/16- Churn Butter
6/23- Make a Kite
6/30- Make Candles
7/7- Soap Boat
7/14- Button Buzz Toy
7/21- Ball and Jacks
7/28- Marbles
8/4- Cord Bracelet
8/11- Felt Flowers
8/18- Scrapbook

Wild Wednesday Nature Walks 10:00 -11:00 AM
Nature Classroom @ Rylko Park
(Buffalo Grove Rd entrance)
6/17- Birds
6/24- Bats
7/22-Fruit and flowers
8/5- Will it bite?
8/12-Is it poisonous?

Museum in the Park 10 AM-12 PM
6/18- Mill Creek Park
7/2- Cherbourg Park
7/16- Canterbury Park
7/30- Apple Hill Park

New Exhibit: Buffalo Tales


P1090579The new temporary exhibit in the lower gallery is now officially open. Discover Buffalo Grove’s seldom told history, mysteries, and folk lore.

See the oldest object in the museum and find out how a local snake made national headlines. We also settle once and for all whether or not Buffalo actually grazed in the area. This exhibit runs through April 30. As always, museum admission is free.

History on Tap: beer tasting and crime stories


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Love beer? Enjoy a good true crime story? Join us at the museum for an adults only event on October 7th.  Tickets include Lake Bluff Brewing Company beer tasting, a true crime talk, and all-you-can-eat appetizers. Parking and museum admission is free.  Hurry to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 40 people. Tickets must be purchase in advance. Ticket options: buy them in person at the museum or Lake Bluff Brewery, by phone at (847) 850.2100 or register online. See you there!

Raupp Museum
901 Dunham Lane
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Lake Bluff Brewing Company
16 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
(224) 544-5179

New Town Square Crossroads exhibit

After a permit mishap delayed construction back in October, the museum can proudly announce installation of the new town square exhibit is nearly done! The official opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 8 from 1 to 4 PM. We have refreshments, activities and giveaways planned for the event. No need to RSVP, just come over!

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NEW story time program


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.


New Town Square coming soon…

Out with the old…

Ever wonder how an exhibit is constructed? The museum recently received a grant to rebuild the old Town Square exhibit. Right now, it looks like this —>

The grand plan over the next few years for the Town Square is to install four new interactive walk-in structures including: a greenhouse, gas station, general store, and train depot. The museum has funding right now to construct all of the environments except the gas station. That area and all of the planned audio/visual effects will be retrofitted as more money becomes available. Exhibit building is expensive!

SD130322_000021-page-001Normally, we try build small exhibits in-house but we just don’t have the skills for a project of this magnitude. Fortunately, Ravenswood Studio in Chicago does! The company’s bid won the project and we’re more than happy to leave all of it up to the professional exhibit builders.

P1080074Today, we went over to see how construction is progressing. The project is still in the early building phase so there wasn’t much to look at yet, but we were pleased with what we saw. The train station structure is just beginning to take shape and all three environments should be ready to install at the museum by November. Can you imagine the finished outcome?

Our Ravenswood contact graciously gave us the grand tour of the whole facility while we were there. Although they’re currently working on several projects, the traveling Sherlock Holmes/ forensic science exhibit caught our fancy the most. We were all impressed with the creativity, quality and sheer scale of the enormous project. We can’t wait to see it in a museum somewhere next year.  The prospect of having a new exhibit of that caliber of workmanship at the Raupp is very, very exciting. Stay tuned for further updates. For now, enjoy a few of the Sherlock photos below.

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