Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest
Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest

Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest 2018

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

Enjoy music and entertainment from 103.9 The Fox's Eddie Volkman with room to dance and remember the night with a caricature 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!

New This Year!
Craft Beer Tasting Provided by Global Brew Tap House

Tickets on Sale Now!

Each Ticket Includes the Following

$50 Per Person- Five food tastings and two drink tickets.
$55 Per Person- All you can eat and two drink tickets.
$10-Four Additional Drink Tickets (For Purchase at the Event)
$10-Five Craft Beer Tasting Provided by Global Brew Tap House

Additional tasting, drink tickets, or all you can eat option will be available at the event for purchase.
Tickets will be available for pickup at the Museum prior to the event or at the entrance on the day of the event.

Restaurants Participating in Eddie Volkman's Tasting Table
at the Best or St. Charles Foodie Fest!

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ADDITIONAL PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

Do You Want to Participate in the Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest?

St. Charles History Museum recognizes that the city of St. Charles has been a hub for unique cuisines and spirits.  As a community organization, we believe the goal of the Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest is to support the community and provide an opportunity for the businesses to showcase their products to a wide, public audience. The museum plans to highlight the history of the buildings that participating businesses currently occupy in order to give attendees a historic tour of St. Charles.  Fostering a strong relationship with community businesses and residents is an important goal of the museum.

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Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk

Join the St. Charles History Museum in Collaboration with the St. Charles Park District at North Cemetery. 

Immerse yourself in the local history of St. Charles. Walk North Cemetery visiting the gravesites of those who helped shape the unique character of our community. At each
gravesite, guests will “encounter” a community figure and listen as they tell in short monologues about their lives, their joys, their sorrows and their loves.

Tours depart every 15 minutes from the hour. Parking available in the lower parking lot at Bethlehem Church, 1145 N. 5th Ave.

There will be a trolley leaving from Pottawattamie Park (3rd Ave.) up to North Cemetery throughout the day. 

Ages 15 & younger must be accompanied
by a paying adult. Ages 5 & under are free.
All Ages • 14641 • RES $5/NR $8 per person

To pre-registration is encouraged,  please call the St. Charles Park District or visit the link below.  

In Collaboration with the St. Charles Park District

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Recreate Your WWI Soldier Experience
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Recreate Your WWI Soldier Experience

 Presented by Tina Beaird

Presented by Tina Beaird

Many federal WWI personnel records were destroyed in a National Archives fire in the 1970s. Tina offers ways to locate copies of peripheral federal military records and provides solutions for recreating some of the lost histories in these “fire” records by using local government documents, newspapers and base records and more.

RSVP is required as space is limed, please fill out the form below or call 630.584.6967.

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Members $5 Non-Members $10

 
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Step Inside Hotel Baker Exhibit Opening with Dance Night
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Step Inside Hotel Baker Exhibit Opening with Dance Night

Join the St. Charles History Museum and Lux Dance Studio for the first look at our new temporary exhibit Step Inside Hotel Baker.  This exhibit tells the known and unknown stories of Hotel Baker's 90 year rich history.

RSVP by May 27th

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St. Charles Fine Art Show Historic Trolley Tour
May
26
to May 27

St. Charles Fine Art Show Historic Trolley Tour

Don't miss the annual St. Charles Historic Home trolley tour during the St. Charles Fine Arts Show on May 26th and 27th. Members of the St. Charles History Museum and friends will be your tour guides on this great tour of Historic Homes and sites in St. Charles on Memorial Day Weekend! Visit more than 50 locations from the comfort of an air-conditioned trolley, provided by the St Charles Fine Art Show

Each tour lasts about one hour. First tour is at 11am and the last tour leaves at 4pm.

Who's onboard for a FREE Historic Trolley Tour? Tell your friends! This is always a sellout...

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Saturday Speaker Series: St. Charles Pickle Capital of the World, Who Knew?
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Saturday Speaker Series: St. Charles Pickle Capital of the World, Who Knew?

One might think that the "Pickle Capital of the World" is somewhere out west, in the deep down south, or even overseas, but if you stand in downtown St. Charles and look around, you will see the "Pickle Capital of the World."

Yes! It's true.

Come and learn how Pickle Packer's International changed the face of Pickles in St. Charles when interestingly there is no history of pickles being manufactured, packed or cucumbers grown in St. Charles!

 RSVP by May 1st as space is limed, please fill out the form below or call 630.584.6967.

FEE:
Members $5  Non-Members $10

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Canceled: Museum After Dark: Dance Night with Lux Dance Studio
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Canceled: Museum After Dark: Dance Night with Lux Dance Studio

Join us for our first Museum after Dark event featuring Lux Dance Studio where you will have the opportunity to enjoy our exhibits The Makings of St. Charles and Serving Gas to Preserving History,  learn some fun "historic" dances, and enjoy some light refreshments.

RSVP by May 2, 2018, as space is limited, please fill out the form below or call 630.584.6967.

Fee: $10 Per Person

Hello all, we regret to inform everyone that due to low registration tonight's program has been canceled. However, we hope to offer this program again at a later date.

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Historic Homes of St. Charles Trolley Tour
Apr
8
11:00 AM11:00

Historic Homes of St. Charles Trolley Tour

The St. Charles Park District and the St. Charles History Museum team up to bring you an exciting trolley tour of historic St. Charles homes. Ride in comfort as we explore the historic Pottawatomie Park District of St. Charles and learn about some of the earliest settlers, some of our most influential early citizens, and how Pottawatomie Park evolved into the recreation destination it is today. We will view about two dozen historic homes and businesses including some of the historic buildings in downtown St. Charles.

This is a riding tour only, no need to bring your walking shoes! Approximately 1 hour.

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50s Night at Club Arcada
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

50s Night at Club Arcada

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Grab your saddle shoes and poodle skirts and swing into spring with 50s Night at Club Arcada. The St. Charles History Museum invites you to don your best 50s attire and enjoy a performance by Rosie and the Rivets with heavy appetizers and dance lessons provided by Lux Dance Studio.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take pictures in our Flash Party Photo Booth and take a break from dancing and get a caricature sketched of themselves. 

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. 

Tickets are $50 per person, click here for purchase. 

40s Night 2016

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Tickets to this 21 and over event are $50 and include two drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased at oshows.com.

EVENT SPONSORS

CLUB ARCADA SPEAKEASY AND RESTAURANT, PRESENTING SPONSOR

 Caricaturist Sponsor

Caricaturist Sponsor

Event Partipants 

Richard Sherman- Caricaturist

Erica Behringer- Photographer

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St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar
10
11:30 AM11:30

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.

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American Doughboys WWI
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

American Doughboys WWI

In collaboration with the St. Charles Public Library 

American Doughboys in the First World War reviews America's participation in "the war to end all wars" as historian Robert Mueller takes listeners on a trip across the battlefields of Northern France to describe the events, people, and places of America's contribution to the defeat of the German Kaiser. Famous engagements such as Belleau Wood, Cantigny, St-Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne are reviewed with images of what the battlefields look like today. The evening ends by relating the enormous changes that the conflict brought to warfare, society, and populations around the world.

Robert Mueller performed his military service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam era. He has received 11 national book awards including Bronze Medals from the Military Writers Society of America. He holds advanced degrees in physics from the University of Illinois and in business administration from Lake Forest College.

Held at St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Community Room

Registration opens February 24th.
Register by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1.

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Saturday Speaker Series: History of 215 E. Main St.
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Saturday Speaker Series: History of 215 E. Main St.

Ever wonder where Col. Baker and Dellora Norris's inheritance came from?

Join us on March 3 at 11am, as Patricia McCornack Clarrissimeaux discusses petroleum from ancient civilizations to the turn of the century. Its impact on the 21st century: technological advances, but more importantly John Warne Gates connection to St. Charles’ growing businesses and community.

Topic highlights:

  • Oil - Gates 
  • World’s Fair Chicago 1893  
  • Spindletop  
  • McCornack Oil
     
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Serving Gas to Preserving History Exhibit Opening
Feb
16
5:00 PM17:00

Serving Gas to Preserving History Exhibit Opening

Serving Gas to Preserving History will explore the connected stories and histories of the McCornack Gas Station and the St. Charles History Museum. Through the 90 years of sitting on the corner of Main and 3rd Ave the McCornack Gas Station building has seen many changes, including ownership and name changes. Though serving the community a little differently from a gas station, the building has been home to the St. Charles History Museum since 2001.

Eighty-Five years ago many of St. Charles most influential people set up the St. Charles Historical Society and called for the community to take part in their own history. This exhibit will celebrate the two separate enterprises, while also bringing together the history they now share in serving the community. 

RSVP by February 14th

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Tri-City Service Stations
Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

Tri-City Service Stations

A special collaboration with Batavia Depot Museum and St. Charles History Museum with stories of service stations in all three towns.

This is a Brown Bag Program held at noon on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and the Museum offers water, coffee, and a sweet treat.

Admission is $5 and $3 for Members of Batavia, St. Charles or Geneva Museums. Registration is encouraged since space is limited.

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Second Annual Tri-Cities 50/50 Community Raffle Kickoff at Blue Goose Market
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Second Annual Tri-Cities 50/50 Community Raffle Kickoff at Blue Goose Market

The St. Charles History Museum and the Tri-City Exchange Club are again teaming up to kick off the second annual Tri-Cities 50/50 Community Raffle at Blue Goose Market

Last year we raised in total $20,360 which gave our first winner a GRAND TOTAL of $10,180!

The Kickoff will begin on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Blue Goose Market in downtown St. Charles. Tickets will be $5 or five tickets for $20.

Staffers and volunteers will be present on Saturday to sell tickets and answer questions. Additional tickets will also be sold at other local community business partner locations, to be announced at a later date.

The final raffle will be held on Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018 during the Museum’s third annual Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest event.

Alison Costanzo, St. Charles History Museum executive director, stated: “We’re thrilled to be hosting the second annual Tri-Cities 50/50 community raffle. The raffle was a great addition to our annual Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest.”

With half the collected proceeds going to the owner of the winning raffle ticket, remaining proceeds will benefit the St. Charles History Museum and the Tri-Cities Exchange Club. 

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January Shutdown 2018
Jan
9
to Feb 9

January Shutdown 2018

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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. 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 9th, and Friday, February 9th, during the hours from 10am-4pm. Sign up to help move all of our textiles out of storage to be sorted and rehoused. We will also be deep cleaning and organize all spaces in the museum including the exhibit hall, the gift shop and all public spaces. 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/cMwAGrf
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! (You will NOT need to register an account) 

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.

Volunteer Training Documents

Below you will find a helpful guide that outlines what we will be doing during this years 2018 shutdown and a handout that explainns how to handle textiles. 

Volunteer Textile Training Presentation

Volunteer Textile Training Booklet

 

 

 

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Annual Membership Meeting & Open House
Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Annual Membership Meeting & Open House

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Please join us for the Annual Membership Meeting and Open House where we will review our 2017 accomplishments and unveil our 2018 events calendar. Coffee and cookies will be provided.  Please RSVP by January 5, 2018, please call 630-584-6967, email info@stcmuseum.org or fill out the form below.  

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Oct
12
to Oct 20

The Curious Fox Gift Shop Ribbon Cutting

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The St. Charles History Museum gift shop has a new name and look. “The Curious Fox,” as it is now known, features a new logo and new items for patrons, including St. Charles branded pillows, blankets, t-shirts and other apparel, locally produced honey and salsa products. 

The shop’s new look also aligns with the museum’s existing brand décor and style while the new interior arrangements allow for additional merchandise to be displayed. 

“We’re very proud of our shop’s new name and look. These enhancements offer a refreshed experience for our patrons. We have no doubt that “The Curious Fox” will inspire curious visitors to stop by and look around,” according to Executive Director Alison Costanzo.

In addition to the new items, the museum shop has offered a myriad of St. Charles-branded merchandise for many years, such as glasses, crocks, postcards, ornaments and more. All proceeds from purchases support the Museum and its mission to preserve and present St. Charles’ rich history. 

For more information, Museum staff may be reached at 630-584-6967 or via e-mail at info@STCmuseum.org.

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Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk
Oct
7
to Oct 9

Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk

Join the St. Charles History Museum in Collaboration with the St. Charles Park District at North Cemetery. 

Immerse yourself in the local history of St. Charles. Walk North Cemetery visiting the gravesites of those who helped shape the unique character of our community. At each
gravesite, guests will “encounter” a community figure and listen as they tell in short monologues about their lives, their joys, their sorrows and their loves.

Tours depart every 15 minutes from the hour. Parking available in the lower parking lot at Bethlehem Church, 1145 N. 5th Ave.

There will be a trolley leaving from Pottawattamie Park (3rd Ave.) up to North Cemetery throughout the day. 

Ages 15 & younger must be accompanied
by a paying adult. Ages 5 & under are free.
All Ages • 14641 • RES $5/NR $8 per person

To pre-registration is encouraged,  please call the St. Charles Park District or visit the link below.  

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In Collaboration with the St. Charles Park District

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Scarecrow Fest at the Municipal Building
Oct
6
to Oct 8

Scarecrow Fest at the Municipal Building

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Join the St. Charles History Museum October 8th during Scarecrow Fest. 

On Sunday we will be at the Municipal Building from 10am-4pm providing a craft, information on our upcoming events and some gift shop items.

Generations of visitors flock to the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest every year! For over 30 years, this award-winning festival has brought heartwarming memories to both children and adults and is a tradition for thousands of families across the Midwest.

The heart and soul of the festival are the Scarecrow Contest, which boasts 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows. Visitors view and vote for their favorite in each of five categories. Both children and adults will find plenty to do all weekend long – which is why so many choose to "make it a weekend" in our charming community. Enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, carnival, and petting zoo – those are just a few highlights! You can even make your own scarecrow to take home. Plus, enjoy plenty of delicious food.

The possibilities are endless. Best of all….admission, parking, trolleys and parking shuttles are all FREE! Come on out and experience why Scarecrow Fest is a four-time winner of the "Top 100 Events in North America."

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Speaker Series: Stevens Sanborn Jones
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Speaker Series: Stevens Sanborn Jones

It has been 3 years since the City of St. Charles allocated funds to move the historic 1843 Stevens Jones Law Office to Langum Park. Come and learn about this remarkable man, Stevens Jones, who was a prominent lawyer, judge, real estate investor, newspaper editor and more during the early years of St. Charles history.

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Join us for our Saturday Speaker Series presented at the St. Charles History Museum on Saturday, September 16, at 11:00 a.m. by Patricia Pretz, a St. Charles resident and Alison Costanzo, Executive Director of the Museum.

Patricia Pretz, has been studying local history for over 15 years and has served as a past board member of Preservation Partners of Fox Valley, docent for the St. Charles Fine Arts Show historic trolley tour, an active member in Thornapple Questers and the St. Charles History Museum.

Space is limited and registration is encouraged. To register please call 630.584.6967,  fill out the form below, or email info@stcmuseum.org. 

FEE:
Members $5 and Non-Members $10

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Pickle Scavenger Hunt
Sep
12
to Nov 25

Pickle Scavenger Hunt

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The St. Charles History Museum and The Downtown St. Charles Partnership (DSCP) are organizing a Pickle the Town Scavenger Hunt in Downtown St. Charles in honor of Small Business Saturday. Pickle the Town will begin Tuesday, September 12 and end on Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on Saturday, November 25.

Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages the public to support their local economy by shopping at independently owned businesses on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Now in its seventh year, the program has continued to grow each year, with more involvement on the part of the businesses as well as the consumers.

The majority of Downtown St. Charles’ businesses are independently owned, including the franchise operations, so the St. Charles History Museum has partnered with the DSCP to organize a Pickle the Town Scavenger Hunt as a way to further engage the public with the downtown business community.

Event runs September 12- November 25

The rules are simple:

  1. Follow the St. Charles History Museum website blog, Twitter and Facebook 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

Participants can have multiple entries, as long as they are showing a different business each time. Just be sure to post them by Saturday, November 25.

There will be three categories with one winner for Best Caption, Best Selfie and Most Pickles Found. The winners will receive prizes from the St. Charles History Museum and from various downtown businesses.

Economic Development Division Manager, Matthew O’Rourke, looks forward to the event for St. Charles small businesses. "Shop Small Saturday is a great reminder of how you can impact a local business, support their family, and support your community,” says O’Rourke. “Not only does shopping small keep this money in the community and with your neighbor’s business, through sales tax it helps pay for vital City services like snow plowing, water, and sewer maintenance, and police and fire protection."

To learn more about Small Business Saturday, visit www.shopsmall.com. To find out more about the Holiday Homecoming parade and the Pickle Scavenger Hunt, visit www.stcmuseum.org or www.downtownstcharles.org/holidays.

Why Pickles?

German families will hide a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree and the first person to find it will get a prize or is allowed to open their presents first. The St. Charles History Museum came up with the idea of using the German Christmas Tradition of hiding a pickle ornament to tell a little history of St. Charles in a fun way.

From 1960 to 2004, St. Charles was the home of Pickle Packers International Headquarters. During this time, the CEO of the company Bill “The Dill” Moore promoted the consumption of pickles to the point of earning St. Charles the title of Pickle Capital of the World. Bill “The Dill” Moore created items such as pickle golf clubs, pickle phones, pickle purses, Miss Pickle Contests and more. These pickle items were not only in St. Charles but were sent as far as England to Prince Harry and William.

The Museum is located in the 1928 McCornack Oil Company building at 215 East Main Street. The building served St. Charles as a gas station from 1928 until 1990. The St. Charles History Museum is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization operating the St. Charles History Museum and historic archive. The Museum holds more than 10,000 photographs in its archive and 15,000 artifacts in its collection. The Museum's Gift Shop is the only place in town to get St. Charles merchandise. In addition to providing historical information about St. Charles, we also host events and speakers to engage the community in different ways alongside St. Charles businesses.

About the Downtown St. Charles Partnership

Discover your City Side in downtown St. Charles! The mission of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership (DSCP) is to enhance the economic viability and to preserve the character and beauty of Downtown St. Charles. In addition to providing marketing support and education for the downtown business community, the DSCP produces the St. Patrick’s Parade, the St. Charles Fine Art Show, Jazz Weekend and Holiday Homecoming. For more information about the DSCP, including membership, volunteer opportunities, and events visit www.downtownstcharles.org

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Head to Toe: Women's Fashion
Aug
18
to Jan 6

Head to Toe: Women's Fashion

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Head to Toe: Celebration of Men’s and Women’s Fashion, highlights the evolution of men’s and women’s unique fashion trends from 1860 through 1960, including clothing, shoes, hats, accessories and even undergarments. Also offering a glimpse into the Museum’s wonderful textile collection, the exhibit will run from August 18 through the first week of January 2018. 
 

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Saturday Speaker Series: Kane County the War Years
Jul
29
11:00 AM11:00

Saturday Speaker Series: Kane County the War Years

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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Stop by our gift shop to purchase...

 

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

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

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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Kentucky Derby Day: Celebration of Greyhound
May
6
11:00 AM11:00

Kentucky Derby Day: Celebration of Greyhound

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

Game Changers: Sports in St. Charles

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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

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40s Night at the Arcada
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

40s Night at the Arcada

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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THE ARCADA THEATRE, PRESENTING SPONSOR

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Kathy Brens: In Loving Memory of Jack Brens

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Event Partipants 

Richard Sherman- Caricaturist

Erica Behringer- Photographer

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