Group visits should be scheduled by telephone
or fax using the Group Visit Request Form. You will receive written
confirmation of your scheduled visit. During the school year we give priority to school groups between the hours of 10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Please call ahead to inquire about availability.
Group Rates (Minimum of 20 persons required to
qualify for these rates)
GROUP TOUR RATES:
Children $1.75 each
Adults $4.75 each
(One teacher admitted free with each class)
Senior Citizens $3.75 each
A $20 deposit is required and must be received
no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled visit to avoid cancellation of your reservation. The
deposit is non-refundable unless notice of cancellation is received
at least one week prior to the date of your visit.
If you qualify for the group rate, you will be
assigned a costumed docent at no charge. There is a $25.00 fee to reserve a docent for
groups of less than 20.
Your visit begins with a short walking tour of the Mill grounds where your docent will explain the importance of the dam and the workings of the mill race and waterwheel.
Next is a demonstration of the basic milling process using Miller Graue’s 160-year-old buhrstones. Students will have a chance to try their hand at how corn was ground by Native Americans and other early cultures.
On the second and third floors volunteers in period clothing will demonstrate spinning and weaving and talk about life in Civil War days. Artifacts that illustrate the way of life during the Civil War are displayed in period room settings.
The cellar houses the giant wooden gear system that operates the grindstone. Your docent will give a short presentation about slavery and the Underground Railroad. Students can tour the exhibit "The Underground Railroad in DuPage County".
Although visits generally require
at least one and one-half hours we will be happy to modify
the length and content of your tour if you have more time to
spend. We can accommodate no more than 75 students in one
time slot and recommend that the students be divided into groups
of 15. Please be on time for your visit as we usually have
more than one group per day and wish to accommodate everyone’s
schedule. If you are late we may have to shorten or eliminate
some of the tour.
Our museum shop has many items suitable for
children. If you plan time for students to shop please let us
know. Some schools place an advance order for souvenir bags of
corn meal. These contain one cup of corn meal, enough to make
any of the recipes in our brochure. Cost is $2.50 per bag.
Graue Mill and Museum is located
at York and Spring Roads in Oak Brook and the parking area
is located just east of the mill. The Forest Preserve District
maintains rest rooms at the east-end of the parking area. Picnic
areas are available on the grounds and at Fullersburg Nature Center located ½ mile
west of the Mill. We suggest you contact the Center in advance if you
desire to reserve the picnic facilities on your scheduled visit.
Addresses Illinois State Education Goals
Early Elementary13.B.1e, 15.A.1b, 15.D.1a, 15.D.1b, 16.A.1a, 16.A.1b, 16.B.1a, 16.C.1a, 17.C.1a, 17C.1c, 18.C.1