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Museum Educational Programs

Educational ProgramsThe Raupp Museum is proud to offer a wide range of educational programs created for students ranging in age from preschool to middle school. Whether your class is learning about community life or Native American culture, westward expansion or WWII, we have a hands-on history experience to fit your curriculum, schedule and budget.

What about CCSS? Museum programs are designed to help hit many Common Core benchmarks. Let us know which program you’re interested in, and we’ll send you a chart of which benchmarks it hits.

To schedule a class visit, please contact the museum at 847.850.2135 or

Cows Are Cool
Grade: Pre K – 3
Discover the life of a dairy farmer in turn-of-the-century Buffalo Grove.  Participants get a hands-on experience by milking the museum’s working replica dairy cow, making butter, and enjoying a history scavenger hunt.

Potawatomi Pathways
Grade: Pre K – 5
This program emphasizes the connection between history and the environment.  Students touch reproduction Potawatomi artifacts while learning about Native American houses, food, and clothing.  Additional options include a memory game, folktale, or trading post activity, depending on student age.

A Student’s Life
Grade: 1 – 2
This presentation uses images and artifacts to show students what life was like 100 years ago. They explore one day in the life of a child – home, school, shopping, and having fun.

Tiny Traders
Grade: 1 – 2
Shop like the farmers did 125 years ago! First, students milke the museum’s replica dairy cow, gather eggs, and make a shopping list.  Next, they sell their milk for money at the creamery.  Finally, they shop in the General Store, using their money and eggs to buy and barter for the things on their shopping list.  This is the perfect way to teach younger students the difference between needs and wants, and the connection between work and money.

Buffalo Grove Then & Now
Grade: 1 – 5
Learn how Buffalo Grove has changed during the past 100 years.  First, students look at a series of artifacts to see how one object changes over time.  Then a slide show contrasts pictures of past Buffalo Grove buildings with buildings that currently stand in those locations.

Grade: 2 – 3
History+Math! How did farmers organize the space in their barn to make the most money? This program combines history and math, as students practice area and perimeter, and choose sides in the battle of cows vs. chickens.

Grade: 3 – 4
How do animals and plants survive and thrive? They adapt. This program will teach students about the different ways that plants and animals adapt to their environments and the changing seasons.

Packing For Pioneer Life
Grade: 3 – 5
Experience westward expansion into Illinois in the 1830s.  Students start by brainstorming what pioneers needed to settle Buffalo Grove.  Next, the museum educator opens a pioneer trunk filled with reproduction artifacts, demonstrating the use of each item and the need it filled.  Finally, students team up for a hands-on wagon packing activity.

What Makes A Good Exhibit?
Grade: 3 – 5
Tired of looking at rainbow font? This program introduces students to the design behind good exhibits and signs. Using hands-on examples, they will discover that the way information is arranged visually is key to helping the reader understand their message.

Grade: 5 – 8
Introduce students to the history, science, and practice of archaeology.  After viewing a presentation about archaeology principles and techniques, students put their knowledge to work by participating in a mock dig and analyzing the artifacts they uncover.  Available in September and October only.

World War II
Grade: 5 – 8
Explore life on the home front with this in-class presentation.  Students learn about rationing, women in the workforce, scrap drives, local military bases, and how children contributed to winning the war.

Civil War
Grade: 5 – 8
Learn about the life of a Civil War soldier.  This in-class presentation makes the Civil War come to life.  Students learn about the experiences of local soldiers, from camp life to battle, as well as the challenges faced by their families on the home front.

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