Celebrate Preservation Month with Free Community Events and Programs

The month of May is designated as National Historic Preservation month, and the St. Charles History Museum will be holding a variety of events and programs in recognition and celebration of the occasion. “This Place Matters” is a national campaign by the National Trust that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. 

 The St. Charles History Museum, St. Charles Historic Commission, St. Charles Public Library, the St. Charles Park District, and the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley will team up to hold a variety of free programs throughout the month of May that highlight the importance of preservation and the history of St. Charles:

 ·       Dr. Steve Smunt of the St. Charles Historic Preservation Commission will host “This Old House – St. Charles” on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. a program on the history of some of St. Charles most notable homes. The presentation will be held in the Carnegie Community Room at the St. Charles Public Library, One South Sixth Ave.

·       Carol Yetken, Landscape Architect and Historian of CYLA Design will host a presentation on the History of St. Charles Parks at the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Avenue, on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. The program is organized by Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley.

·       On Saturday, May 18, the History Museum and Park District will partner to hold a Historic House Walk through the Pottawatomie neighborhood. The walking tours begin at 11 a.m. in Pottwatomie Park, with tours departing every half hour until 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Geneva.

·       On Saturday, May 25 during the St. Charles Fine Arts show, the St. Charles History Museum will hold a living history presentation at the museum, 215 E. Main Street, with Civil War reenactors who will provide information on the 8th Illinois Cavalry, which trained in St. Charles.

 For more information and to register for these events, visit www.stcmuseum.org/events or contact the St. Charles History Museum at (630) 584-6967.