The Wild Rose Bell

The Wild Rose Bell

Sitting just out side the St. Charles History Museum is a ship bell that might seem a little out of place for the Fox River Valley. Donated to the Museum by Thomas E. Rosensteel and Nuala McKiernan Rosensteel from the Wild Rose Farm property, the bell has a unique history which started on the trade routes of the Mississippi, passed through Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and finally ended on the front patio of our Museum.

Take a Look At Our New Gift Shop Items!

We've recently added a bunch of new items to our Gift Shop.  Whether you're a long time resident or new to town, check out these great St Charles gifts!

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Our new items are available at great prices! Coffee mugs are $10, The Who shirts are $20, History Happens Here t-shirts are $15, the handmade scarves are $15, handmade double stitched tote bags are $25, handmade uniquely designed doll dresses are $20, and jewelry ranges from $5 to $40.

Remembering St. Charles Veterans

Remembering St. Charles Veterans

The St. Charles community has a long and proud history of military service. From the Revolutionary War onward, members of our community have dedicated themselves to protecting and fighting for our country.

In honor of that service, we've put together a gallery of photographs from the archives to celebrate and remember the veterans of our community.

100 Days, 100 Artifacts: 56 - 59

100 Days, 100 Artifacts: 56 - 59

It's time once again for a round up of our ongoing online exhibit 100 Days, 100 Artifacts, an exploration of St. Charles History through artifacts. Today we'll take a look at the history of the St. Charles Fire Department, peek at what Main Street used to look like, get a glimpse at life in Dunham Castle,  and celebrate the anniversary of a long standing and iconic St. Charles business.