Rotary Fest Parking Information for July 17-21. Parking is available at Grove Jr. High School and Morton Park (910 Brantwood Ave). Make sure to park in designated areas and follow all signage.
Rainbow Falls Waterpark parking will be limited due to Rotaryfest.

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Volunteer at the Museum

The Museum is looking for members of the community willing and able to volunteer their services. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to become more involved in our museum! Below are some of the areas that need your assistance. New volunteers will receive a museum t-shirt (while supplies last).

  • Tour Guide
  • Program Preparation
  • Historic Interpreter
  • Oral History
  • Photograph / Artifact Collection
  • Membership
  • Research and Writing
  • Genealogy
  • Artisan (I.e.. woodworking, knitting, weaving, gardening, etc.)
  • Special Events (see below)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the linked Google Form: Volunteer Application
Please call or email if you have questions: adeering@elkgroveparks.org, 847.690.1440.

Special Events Volunteer

Each year, the museum hosts several special events that wouldn’t be possible without the great help of volunteers! This is a great opportunity for those who can’t commit too much time, but would like to come to the special events and help out! First-time volunteers will also receive a t-shirt (while supplies last; sizes are limited). Call 847.690.1440 for more details!

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Orientation Center

The Orientation Center is where your museum experience begins! Throughout the year you can view temporary exhibits. Modeled after a one-room schoolhouse, it is also used for programming and houses the museum office.

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Farmhouse

The farmhouse was originally located on Arlington Heights Road (State Road) and was moved in 1976 with a full basement being added later. The Elk Grove Historical Society restored the farmhouse and opened it to the public as a museum in 1977. The original post and beam structure was built in the mid-1800s followed by at least two later additions. Henry Schuette purchased his land in 1861 so it is uncertain as to his involvement in the construction of the farmhouse as it stands today. The interior of the farmhouse provides a glimpse of farm life in the 1860s. Museum docents bring to life the daily activities of the Schuette family as visitors tour the kitchen (the main hub of the house), sick room, parlor, two upstairs bedrooms and the sewing room.

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Barn

The barn may have belonged to the E.H. Dieke family and dates back to about 1880. Early farm equipment, tools, a surrey, buggy, and sleigh can be seen inside.Here visitors can learn about local agriculture as well as the importance of animals on the farm.The barn is now used for interpretation and programs.

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Outbuildings

To enhance the historical experience, visitors can also explore the chicken coop, garden and the privy. Learn the different components of the chicken coop as well as typical morning chores. The privy serves as a source for learning about early hygiene and life before modern plumbing.

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