Press Play: History has a Soundtrack

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The museum’s temp exhibit is ready for viewing in the lower gallery. “Press Play: history has a soundtrack” features a brief history and science of sound and music. Learn about how hearing and radios work. Find out which President released a record album and more.

The exhibit will be up through June 2016.

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New Exhibit: Buffalo Tales

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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.

You’ve got mail

Do you, perchance, practice deltiology? If so, then this is certainly a big week for you! It is National Postcard Week, as any good deltiologist would know. The study and collection of postcards likely began with the establishment of the first postal service. In 1873, plain pre-stamped “mailed cards” with address on one side and a message on the other, began finding their way into the US mail.. Since they were considered mundane pieces of mail, only a few survive today.

P1080817Picture postcards debuted at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago to extreme fanfare.  Collecting, mailing and trading postcards as a hobby took off. Lithography, photography, and printing companies could hardly meet public demand. At the height of their popularity in 1908, over 677 million were mailed in the US alone! Some were specially printed for holidays or businesses, but many were specific to a locale, anywhere from Chicago’s public swimming pools to Egypt’s private pyramids.

Today the postcard seem a little quaint compared to the technologically sophisticated, real-time social media options, but the postcard still remains relevant in its own right. As long as people still enjoy sending and receiving snail-mail greetings from distant places, postcards will live to see another day. Just ask any of the 500,000 members of the internet deltiology club “Postcrossing.”

Stop by the museum to check out the picture postcards on display in the main gallery or share some of your own on the museum’s Facebook page.

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 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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The Fuzzy Pink Bunnies of Doom are coming…

838659The museum is excited to announce a temporary community exhibit featuring The Fuzzy Pink Bunnies of Doom that opens in May. The Bunnies of Doom are a group of six talented girls from the northwest suburbs that make up a Lego robotics team. The group competes in the Junior First Lego League, a youth program to foster interest in science and innovation. At recent events, the Bunnies of Doom took home awards for Technical Design at the Rockford regional Senior Solutions competition and team spirit at the Senior Solutions state tournament. The museum exhibit will show off the team’s projects and introduce visitors to the dazzling world of Lego robotics. But wait, there’s more!

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The museum will also be hosting a Lego robotics celebration on Saturday, May 4 from 9.30-12.00 showcasing robots and project demonstrations from the Bunnies and other local teams that participated in the Super Senior tournaments this year. If your team is interested, more info can be found in the flyer below or by contacting Debbie at DFandrei@bgparks.org. Registration and a $30 team fee (covers certificates and medals for each team member) is required for participation. If you’re just interested in seeing neato Lego robots, this event is free and does not require registration so stop in and check it out!

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Lego Celebration event schedule

Ballots, Babes and Beer now open

The new temporary exhibit about women gaining the right to vote in Illinois is now officially open! Hands down, this is one of the neatest exhibits the museum has ever constructed. Discover why it took women so long to gain the vote and how the liquor lobby affected the fight. Don’t delay your visit! The exhibit will only be displayed until November 21.

So let’s get down to the important question: why is this guy in a barrel?

Although Illinois’ voting laws excluded women in 1891, Lombard’s charter had a loophole that allowed all citizens to vote. As such, Ellen Martin, a lawyer from Lombard and 14 other prominent women went to their polling place and demanded the vote. Their bold audacity shocked the men at the poll. One man was so incensed, he fell backwards into a barrel. The women were allowed to vote in that election, but the charter was changed shortly after. Illinois women would have to wait until 1913 for full voting rights.