End of Year Giving



Why Support Local History?


As 2018 draws to a close, the board and staff at the St. Charles History Museum look to the past and plan for the future. The St. Charles community celebrated their City’s 100th anniversary in 1933. An exhibit of artifacts, documents and antiques were collected, displayed and stored at Colson’s Department Store. A devastating fire swept through Colson’s on Christmas Day 1933, and almost everything in the collection was destroyed. The St. Charles Historical Society was founded to preserve what had survived after the fire.

When St. Charles benefactors Edward J. Baker and Lester and Dellora Norris commissioned the Municipal Building in 1940, they stipulated that the architect design an area for the St. Charles Historical Museum. The Museum remained in the Municipal Building for 60 years, until our growing City required more operating space. In 2000, the museum moved to its new home in the 1928 McCornack Gas Station. Today, the St. Charles History Museum remains the keeper of our local history.

With an active Board of Directors, professional staff, volunteers and supportive members, the History Museum continues to expand its participation in community events, educational programs, research opportunities, and new museum exhibits. The St. Charles History Museum will be participating in our end year giving. Our goal is to raise $10,000, so that we can continue to better tell the stories of our people, events and accomplishments - our local history. Please consider helping the St. Charles History Museum celebrates its 85th anniversary with your participation in #GIVINGTOHISTORY.


Ways to PARTICIPATE in our end of year campaign

Children enjoying making a free craft during the 2017 Electric Light Parade.

Children enjoying making a free craft during the 2017 Electric Light Parade.


Make a #GivingTuesday donation today and by doing so you will help us care for the Museum’s permanent collection, expand our educational programs, and outreach to the community.

$50 Gift - Includes Exclusive St. Charles Ornament & 20% off Museum Gift Shop

$100 -Includes all above + Family Membership

$150 - Includes all above + $15 Gift Card to Museum Gift Shop

$200 - Includes all above + Guided Exhibit Tour

$250 - Includes all above + St. Charles History Book

$300 - Includes all above + Research Request

$400 - Includes an additional gift of 30% off a Rental Package to host your event at the St. Charles Museum along with all the above mentioned!

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Check out all the great benefits to being a member!

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