History on Tap: Beer and Crime Stories


Join us for History on Tap on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 PM for a night featuring beer tasting, true crime stories, and no kids. The evening kicks off with an assortment of Tighthead Brewing Company and Only Child Brewing Company beers and snacks. Then Waukegan History Museum’s Ty Rohrer will talk about Lake County’s grizzly first hanging.

This event is 21+ only.  We’d appreciate if tickets are purchased in advance via phone 847.459.2318 or online here but tickets can be purchased at the door. It going to be a great night.

2015 history on tap

Where the buffalo roam

“Were there ever buffalo in Buffalo Grove?” This is one of the most commonly asked questions here at the museum. The short answer is definitely, possibly maybe.

Buffalo Grove was originally named for the grove of trees which stood near Buffalo Creek, very near the current intersection of Buffalo Grove Road and Lake-Cook Road. The story goes that a group of buffalo (American Bison) used to graze in those trees, hence the name.

However, there is no conclusive evidence to support the claim. In fact, while American bison inhabit areas ranging from Canada to Mexico, they prefer wide open grasslands.  So, it would be unusual for them to to live in Buffalo Grove with such dense wooded areas.

There is always some element of truth in folklore.  Although it would be unusual, it is not completely out of the realm of possibility.  Buffalo Grove is rare among Lake County towns because it has only had one name throughout its history. In comparison, Long Grove, Arlington Heights, and Waukegan have all changed names at least once. Mundelein has actually had four different names over the years!

To learn about the American Bison, visit: http://www.animalfactguide.com/animalfacts/american-bison/