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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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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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.

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

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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.

Tickets

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


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?

 #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and to give back. The 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners - nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals  to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.  Want to find out how you can give back? Visit our #GivingTuesday page to learn more. 

Tis the Season to Give Back!
Nov
11
Dec 12

Tis the Season to Give Back!

  • St. Charles History Museum

The St. Charles History Museum is proud to be a drop off location for toy donations going to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots until December 13, 2015.

Whiskey Bend Scotch Tasting
Nov
5
6:00 pm18:00

Whiskey Bend Scotch Tasting

  • Valley Lodge Tavern

As Raymond Chandler once famously said “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” The St. Charles History Museum and Valley Lodge Tavern are joining forces to teach you how to savor the good ones.

Purchase your tickets now for our first Scotch Tasting on Thursday, November 5th at Valley Lodge Tavern!

Scarecrow Fest!
Oct
9
Oct 11

Scarecrow Fest!

  • St Charles History Museum

The St. Charles History Museum will be open during Scarecrow Fest! 

Come by the Museum Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm...