Artifact Spotlight: Supreme Court Justice


Congress still hasn’t confirmed a new Supreme Court justice to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacancy. It’s a shame Charles Evans Hughes isn’t still around to help sort this mess out.


AP photo from the museum’s collection. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, 1934.

When Charles Evans Hughes joined the Supreme Court in 1910, he had already been a successful lawyer and New York governor. He resigned from the bench to run for president on the Republican ticket in 1916 against Woodrow Wilson. Hughes nearly won, too. A narrow margin of just 4000 votes would have given him California’s electoral votes and the presidency. It was his reputation as a no nonsense, incorruptible man that perhaps gave him an incorrect public image of austerity and aloofness.

Undeterred, he went on to be the secretary of state for Presidents Harding and Coolidge, and a World Court judge. He was confirmed as the Supreme Court Chief Justice by the United States Senate on February 13, 1930. He replaced former President William Howard Taft who oddly appointed Hughes to his first tenure on the Supreme Court (side note: Taft remains the only person to have held both offices of President and Chief Justice).

In his tenure as Chief Justice, Hughes had the distinction of swearing in President Franklin D Roosevelt for all three of his terms in 1933, 1937 and 1941. Other career highlights included assisting the court’s transition from property rights to individual rights and for striking down Roosevelt’s attempt to “pack the court” in 1937. He is remembered as one of the finest justices to sit on the bench.

This image is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Come see this photo and many others in the Archives.

Artifact spotlight: the vintage cookbook

The most important aspect of this post was figuring out how to work in a shout-out for my current television obsession:The Great British Bake-Off. Unlike other shows that encourage backstabbing, panic, and screaming for a  monetary prize, Bake-Off offers nothing more than the satisfaction of winning. It’s a kinder, gentler Twilight Zone sort of reality show. Contestants are friendly and quick to help each other. The judges offer advice and the hosts even lend helping hands (and freely graze on scraps left on benches). I especially love how bakes that fall on the floor are still judged for taste. Anyway, the show really highlights the joy of baking and isn’t that what baking should be about?

Speaking of the joy of baking, I suppose it’s time to get to the point. 2000.02.072


This is one of the oldest cookbooks in the Museum collection. The New Process Catalogue & Cookbook is dated 1892 and cost only $1.50 when published. It belonged to Mrs Elza M Balliett of Chicago and if its extremely poor condition is any indication, Mrs Balliett used this book a lot.

What I love about vintage cookbooks is the solid practical advice for cooking timeless staple foods.  There’s no need for specialty tools or hard-to-find ingredients, and the directions are not fussy. Sure, there are odd recipes for food no one makes anymore (hello, aspic and mustard pickles), but that’s what makes old cookbooks fun.

The Museum has a bunch of vintage cookbooks in the collection ranging from 1886- 1970. Come by and have a flick through. You might just get inspired to make something special.

Bonus: Mary Berry’s tiramisu cake recipe This recipe is not as complicated as it appears and ends up looking like a treat worthy of a special occasion. It tastes like a special occasion, too! Yay, I knew I could steer this back to Bake-Off.


Press Play: History has a Soundtrack


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.


Criminally Good Cheese

Down at 150 West Dundee Road sits over 125 years of history. Currently the site of Park Jun’s Beauty Lab, this building — featured in our Buffalo Grove: Then and Now program, has through the decades been used as offices, commercial spaces, and even a fur shop in the late 1970s.


Image courtesy Google Map Street View, 2012

A century ago, however, this building already stood –as the Weidner Creamer and Cheese Factory. The photo below, taken circa 1890, is from when the building was owned by John Baptiste, or “J.B,” Weidner. In this era, according to notes from Leroy Raupp (from Raupp Museum’s permanent collection), “most everyone were dairy farmers.”

The Creamery or Cheese Factory, c. 1890 on Dundee Road, owned by John Baptiste “J.B.” Weidner from Raupp Museum permanent collection

The Creamery or Cheese Factory, c. 1890 on Dundee Road, owned by John Baptiste “J.B.” Weidner
from Raupp Museum permanent collection

He and his wife Susanna Raupp, the daughter of Melchior Raupp (b. 1862), took advantage of the plethora of dairy farms in the surrounding area and began to manufacture cheese and other processed dairy goods.

Leroy Raupp spoke briefly of the “cheese factory” in a transcribed interview, dating from the late 70s:

“Cheese factory – building still there. On Dundee Road just west of Buffalo Grove on the north side where they presently sell fur coats. In 1944 my dad could’ve bought the neighbor farm on Arlington Heights road for $125 an acre but he didn’t have any money. He tried to save his own farm which was 80 acres on Arlington Heights Road.

[when asked if the family took milk to Wheeling and the Soo line train] No that was before his time. Last dairy was on Milwaukee Avenue past River Road. Started picking up at farms in later years.”

When the price of milk began to rise, Weidner was forced to close the factory, but the building itself stands intact and in use by the community today.

Oral tradition around this building also informs us that the first jail of Buffalo Grove – as well as the first police headquarters – was located in the basement of this building, around the same time that the Weidner family operated their Cheese Factory.

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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