Game Changers: Sports in St. Charles
Mar
31
Aug 12

Game Changers: Sports in St. Charles

  • St. Charles History Museum

Spring Temporary Exhibit

The Game Changers temporary exhibit is about the history of sports played in St. Charles, not only in schools but also the general public from the past to the present day. It will range from the most common sports, like football and baseball, to sports uncommonly known to the public, like rolle bolle. The men and women who participated in the sporting events in St. Charles will also be featured in this exhibit in photographs as well as video stories. 
 

Submit your story or sports memorabilia  by March 17.

Submit your story or sports memorabilia  by March 17.

Sports In St. Charles

Saturday Speaker Series: Kane County the War Years
Jul
29
11:00 am11:00

Saturday Speaker Series: Kane County the War Years

  • St. Charles History Museum

Saturday Speaker Series: Kane County the War Years

The declaration of war in 1917 and the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, stirred the men and women of Kane County, Illinois, to action and service. 

Come and hear local Author Kevin J. Gaffney talk about his new book and the stories that inspired him to write "Kane County the War Years". 

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About the Author of Kane County: The War Years

Kevin J. Gaffney, 60, was born and raised in St. Charles, Illinois. Kevin’s interest in military history began at an early age, as many members of his family, including his Dad, Charles, Grandfather Joseph C. Gaffney, and many uncles served in both WWI and WWII.    
 
He received his BA in political science in 1981 from Stetson University located in Deland, Florida. In 1996 he received his MPA in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has taught history and government in Christian schools in Delaware and in Florida. He formerly taught criminology as an adjunct professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. His past employment also included working in the Criminal Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago and with the Commodity Futures Enforcement Division in Washington, D.C. He currently works for the Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at Hines VAH, Illinois. 
 
Kevin also has served as president and board member on the St. Charles History Museum and also as president of the St. Charles Park Foundation. He enjoys serving and volunteering for many not for profits and religious organizations both locally and nationally. When not writing, Kevin also professionally recorded two CD’s of trumpet Christian and patriotic music with his version of the Star Spangled Banner being published by Sony Music. He and his daughter Kacie, also annually honor Veterans with the playing of taps on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day in St. Charles. He also enjoys playing many sports, including golf with his family and friends.
 
He hopes that the book will keep alive the memories of many men and women who valiantly served in the military and who assisted in many ways both domestically and abroad to gain the ultimate victories for the Allies and America in both wars.

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Family Fun Day
Jun
25
11:00 am11:00

Family Fun Day

  • St. Charles History Museum

Join the St. Charles History Museum for our Family Fun Day! Bring your kids to enjoy carnival games, kid friendly food provided by the Slow Food Truck, live music, a dunk tank, face painting, a trackless train and much more.

Chalk Art Contest 2017

As part of Family Fun Day All Things Art Studio will be running a chalk art contest children ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to participate.

The chalk contest will be begin at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 2:00 p.m. Voting will occur from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Contest winners will receive an assortment of prizes generously donated from local businesses.

Only ten spots are available; participants are encouraged to register with Museum staff as soon as possible, as spots are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis. 

To enter please fill out the form below or call 630-584-6967.

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The Family Fun Day will be held at the St. Charles History Museum and on the top deck of the adjacent 3rd Street Parking garage.

Family Fun Day 2016

Participating Organizations:

  • All on The Table- Healthy Eating Tips
  • Chiro One- Spinal Checks
  • Colonial Cafe and Ice Cream
  • Dunk Tank featuring Ron Onesti, Paul Lencioni, and more!
  • DuPage Children's Museum
  • Fine Line Arts Center- Paper Marbling and Basket Weaving
  • Funny Faces Face Painting
  • Jank Guitar Shop- Guitar Karaoke
  • Olympia Chiropractic- Chair Massages
  • The Painted Vine Cellar- Pineapple Paintings
  • St. Charles Fire Department with Fire Truck Apperance
  • St. Charles Park District
  • St. Charles Youth Baseball League- Water Balloon Baseball, Speed Pitch & More
     

Tickets

$25 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR

Ticket includes: entry to the event, 25 game tickets, a bag of popcorn, and a bottle of water.

$10 INDIVIDUAL

Ticket includes: entry to the event, 10 game tickets, a bag of popcorn, and a bottle of water.

$5 Additional Person/Child/Game Tickets

5 Addition game tickets, a bag of popcorn, and a bottle of water.

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Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest
Jun
24
5:00 pm17:00

Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest

  • St. Charles History Museum

Come join the St. Charles History Museum's annual 21+ fundraising event featuring local restaurants, small plates of food, and craft beverages!

Enjoy music by a DJ Aaron Hodge with room to dance and remember the night with a caricturie done by Shermanism Learn a little local history at the restaurant booths which will feature a history of their building and historic photographs. Plus, don't miss out on the opportunity to bid in the silent auction, visit our caricaturist, and enter our Tri-Cities 50/50 Community Raffle with one chance to win half the pot!

Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest 2016

Eddie Volkman and the Vanimal from 103.9 will be here to Announce 50/50 Winner

From 6:30 to 8:30 Eddie Volkman and the Vanimal from 103.9 The Fox will be making their presence to help us with the Tri-Cities 50/50 Community Raffle buy pulling the winning raffle ticket at 8:30pm.

Participating Restaurants 


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TICKETS: $45 MEMBERS / $55 NON-MEMBERS

Each Ticket Includes: 
Four food tastings and two drink tickets. Additional tasting and drink tickets will be available at the event at a price of four for $10.

Tickets will be available for pickup at the Museum prior to the event or at the entrance on the day of the event.

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Gold Level Sponsor

Silver Level Sponsor

Ed Klosowski- Board President 

Bronze Level Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Business Level Sponsor

Kentucky Derby Day: Celebration of Greyhound
May
6
11:00 am11:00

Kentucky Derby Day: Celebration of Greyhound

  • St. Charles History Museum

Off to the Races....

Join us for Kentucky Derby Day which will be a fun filled afternoon of celebrating local legend Greyhound and the Kentucky Derby. To kick things off come and enjoy a presentation by Vanessa Bell-LaSota Greyhound: Mr. Baker and His Horse at 11am and will be $5 for Members and $10 Non Members , space is limited and RSVP is required. 

Greyhound: Mr. Baker and His Horse
St Charles we are home to a legend that once lived among us! He was the star of Mr. (Colonel) Baker’s Hotel Baker Stables, the great grey gelding Greyhound! The “Grey Ghost”. Throughout his career, Greyhound set an astonishing 25 world records, sent a spark that ignited the Harness Racing industry in Europe and gave millions of fans reason to smile during the trying years of the Great Depression and World War II. Come enjoy the untold story- the tale of a deep, life-changing friendship between the man we all know as our town benefactor, a retiring farmer, the world-famous beneficiary of the John –Bet-a Million-Gates fortune.... and his horse.

Presented by local resident, Vanessa Bell-LaSota Author of an upcoming book, Greyhound! Mr Baker and His Horse.

Can't make it for the presentation? Then join us for the rest of the afternoon for kid friendly Kentucky Derby inspired activities like: make our own race horse or derby hat and there will also be a visit from The Galloping Out Thoroughbred Rescue Fund which is a group dedicated to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and retraining of off-the-track thoroughbreds

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40s Night at the Arcada
Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

40s Night at the Arcada

  • Arcada Theatre

Grab your dancing shoes and swing into spring with 40s Night at the Arcada Theatre. The St. Charles History Museum invites you to don your best 40s attire and enjoy a performance by Rosie and the Rivets with heavy appetizers and dance lessons provided by Vargo's Dance Studio.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take pictures in our Flash Party Photo Booth, take a break from dancing and get a caricature sketched of themselves or try and play our mystery wine and dine bag game. 

40s Night 2016

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Tickets are $45 for Members of the Museum and $55 for non-Members. Buy them on our website or come visit us at the Museum where you can purchase one at the gift shop.

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EVENT SPONSORS

THE ARCADA THEATRE, PRESENTING SPONSOR

Decorations Sponsor

Decorations Sponsor

Caricaturist Sponsor

Caricaturist Sponsor

Kathy Brens: In Loving Memory of Jack Brens

Alcohol Sponsor

Dessert Sponsor

Dessert Sponsor

Event Partipants 

Richard Sherman- Caricaturist

Erica Behringer- Photographer

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The St. Charles History Museum will be open during the St. Patricks Day Parade featuring a festive craft, refreshments, cookies, and unique
gift shop items.

Our face painter Kim will be creating festive art between 12:30 and 2:30 for $1 per piece.

The St. Patrick’s Parade, hosted annually in Downtown St. Charles, has become a family tradition. Thousands of people of all ages line Main Street to watch the antics of cheerful leprechauns, listen to award-winning local marching bands, watch the elaborate and colorful floats glide down the street, pay tribute to the walking units of veterans, hear the melodic strains of the Celtic pipe bands, and see all the best that St. Charles has to offer.

The parade steps off at 2:00pm each year at Main and 6th Street. The route continues down Main Street and concludes at 4th Avenue.

Saturday Speaker Series: Eastland Disaster
Feb
25
11:00 am11:00

Saturday Speaker Series: Eastland Disaster

  • St. Charles Public Museum

The Eastland Disaster – This ship sank before it even left the Chicago River on July 24th 1915 and killed 844 people! It has been called “America’s Forgotten Tragedy” and "Legacy of Titanic". John Boda has researched this event in great detail with many interesting facts, stories and pictures. He also has a very personal connection: John Boda’s grandmother and two great aunts were all on board but managed to escape and live long lives. He produced several videos on this event now posted on YouTube, and continues involvement in the annual memorials. Many Chicago residents know very little about this, if at all, and it is the deadliest disaster in Chicago's history!

FEE: $5 Members    $10 Non Members

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The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy
Feb
23
1:00 pm13:00

The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy

  • St. Charles Public Library

The S.S. Eastland was a Chicago-based passenger ship used for tours. On July 24, 1915, the ship rolled over while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Using motion picture videos from 1915, photographs, and a firsthand narrative delivered by descendants of a survivor, this 45‐minute program explains how and why it happened, the nation’s response, and how it could have been avoided.

This program is presented by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society.

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January Shutdown
Jan
10
Jan 31

January Shutdown

  • St. Charles History Museum

The St. Charles History Museum will be shutting down for three weeks in January, during which time we will be doing major maintenance and cleaning of both the spaces visible and not visible to the public. This regular maintenance is a big part of ensuring that we are able to tell the most accurate and interesting stories about St. Charles history and be able to present the museum the best we can to the public.

Help is needed in shifts of 2 hours or more during the dates between Tuesday, January 10th and Saturday, January 28th, during the hours from 10am-4pm. Sign up to help move objects in our collection for re-organization and re-housing, install shelving and carpeting, cleaning, and painting! All ages from 6th grade and up are welcome!

Below is the sign up sheet for all of the available times and date.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/uEC4mh
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

 

Annual Membership Meeting & Open House
Jan
7
11:00 am11:00

Annual Membership Meeting & Open House

Please join us for the Annual Membership Meeting and Open House where we will review 2016 and unveil our 2017 events calendar. Coffee and cookies will be provided.  Please RSVP by January 3rd, please call 630-584-6967, email info@stcmuseum.org or fill out the form below.  

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Closed for New Years
Dec
29
Jan 1

Closed for New Years

The St Charles History Museum will be closed Thursday December 29th through Saturday January 1st for the New Year.

Normal Museum hours will resume on Tuesday at 10 am.

Closed For Christmas
Dec
22
Dec 24

Closed For Christmas

The St Charles History Museum will be closed Wednesday December 22nd through Saturday December 25th for the Christmas holiday.

Normal Museum hours will resume on Tuesday at 10 am.

Holiday Homecoming-Holiday Hot Spot
Nov
26
8:00 pm20:00

Holiday Homecoming-Holiday Hot Spot

Join us at the St. Charles History Museum during the Holiday Homecoming Electric Parade one of the Midwest’s most spectacular holiday events and is the official kick-off to the holiday season in St. Charles. Stop in the Museum for hot cider, cookies, a craft, face painting and more. 

Pickle the Town Scavenger Hunt
Nov
26
Dec 31

Pickle the Town Scavenger Hunt

The St. Charles History Museum and the DSCP are organizing a Pickle the Town Scavenger Hunt in Downtown St. Charles in honor of Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on Saturday, November 26th. 

The rules are simple:

  1. Follow the St. Charles History Museum on Twitter for hints on the locations of the pickle ornaments (@STCHistoryMus)
  2. Use those clues to find the pickle ornaments
  3. Take a selfie in the business with each ornament
  4. Post that selfie on Instagram using the tag #PickleTheTown
Saturday Speaker Series: An Evening With Col. Baker’s Legendary Trotter Greyhound
Nov
12
6:00 pm18:00

Saturday Speaker Series: An Evening With Col. Baker’s Legendary Trotter Greyhound

  • St. Charles History Museum

Hotel Baker Stables was known for champion Standardbred harness race horses that were owned by Col. Baker. The star of the stable was the great grey gelding named Greyhound. Greyhound set an astonishing 25 world records and never disappointed the crowds that came to see him perform. 

Please join us as we present the history of Greyhound’s nearly three decade career including his retirement. Some never before seen photographs from Col. Baker's collection will be included in the lecture.

Space is limited and RSVP is required by November 9, 2016. To RSVP please call 630.584.6967, RSVP by completing the form below, or e-mail info@stcmuseum.org. 
 

Fee: Members: $10 Non Members $20

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Saturday Speaker Series: The Legacy of C.S. McCornack
Oct
22
1:00 pm13:00

Saturday Speaker Series: The Legacy of C.S. McCornack

Join us to learn the compelling history of the McCornack family, McCornack Oil, and how Texaco Oil would come to St. Charles. 

Space is limited and RSVP is required by October 20, 2016. To RSVP please call 630.584.6967, RSVP by completing the form below, or e-mail info@stcmuseum.org.

Fee: $5 Members  $10 Non Members

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Family Fun Day
Jul
31
11:00 am11:00

Family Fun Day

Join the St. Charles History Museum for our first annual Family Fun Day! Bring your kids to enjoy carnival games, kid friendly food, live music, a dunk tank, face painting, a trackless train and much more. 

The Family Fun Day will be held at the St. Charles History Museum and on the top deck of the adjacent 3rd Street Parking garage.

Saturday Speaker Series: The Best Old Houses In St. Charles
May
14
11:00 am11:00

Saturday Speaker Series: The Best Old Houses In St. Charles

  • St Charles History Museum

The St. Charles History Museum present the next installment in our popular Saturday Speakers Series. This month we welcome Dr. Steve Smunt with his presentation on The Best Old Houses in St. Charles: Designated Residential Landmarks.

Be sure to RSVP early, spots in our Saturday Speakers Series fill up fast!

Georgio's Fundraising Event
Apr
12
4:00 pm16:00

Georgio's Fundraising Event

  • Georgio's South Barrington

Spread the Word & Support the Museum

Georgio's Pizza will donate 15% of its dine in sales and 10% of its carry out sales from each purchase when you present this flyer to your server. Show or print out and pass this flyer out to your family and friends, and enjoy a night of food and fun to help raise money for the St Charles History Museum. 

40s Night at the Arcada Theatre!
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

40s Night at the Arcada Theatre!

  • Arcada Theatre

Grab your dancing shoes and swing into Spring with 40s Night at the Arcada Theatre. The St. Charles History Museum invites you to don your best 40s attire and enjoy a performance by The Flat Cats with heavy appetizers and dance lessons provided by Vargo's Dance Studio.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar
12
2:00 pm14:00

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks-off on March 12th at 2pm. The parade runs down Main St./Rt. 64  and features Irish dancers, authentic Irish music, floats and more! 

The St. Charles History Museum will be open during the parade. We'll have refreshments and crafts for kids all day

Saturday Speakers Series
Feb
27
11:00 am11:00

Saturday Speakers Series

  • St. Charles History Museum

THE ANTI-SLAVERY MOVEMENT IN BLACK AND WHITE

Presented by: Roads Scholar Jeanne Schultz Angel

About the Program:

Illinois and Illinoisans played prominent roles in the anti-slavery movement preceding the Civil War, but were all opponents of slavery necessarily involved in the Underground Railroad?  Understanding the wide variety of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery – commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations, and religious convictions, among others – is important to understanding the escalation to war.

Museum Closed For Maintenance
Jan
10
Feb 1

Museum Closed For Maintenance

The St. Charles History Museum will be closed for essential maintenance and cleaning. During this period of closure it will be possible to call and schedule a visit as well as purchase items in the Museum gift shop. 

Museum Closed for New Years
Dec
31
Jan 2

Museum Closed for New Years

The St Charles History Museum will be closed Thursday December 31st through Saturday January 2nd for New Years.

#GivingTuesday
Dec
1
8:00 am08:00

#GivingTuesday

What is #GivingTuesday?

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