Pop Up Shop at Scarecrow Festival
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Pop Up Shop at Scarecrow Festival

Drop by the St. Charles History Museum Booth at the Scarecrow Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.! The Museum will have a pop-up exhibit and Gift Shop, plus a free kids craft.

The Museum booth will be in the parking lot behind the Filling Station on 3rd Street.

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Music at the Museum: Scott Stevenson
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Music at the Museum: Scott Stevenson

Join us for a special evening of music, appetizers, and drinks as we welcome singer and keyboardist Scott Stevenson to the Museum as part of our Music at the Museum series. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each ticket purchased includes food and two drink tickets.

Tickets available at the links below:

SINGLE TICKET: $25

COUPLE TICKET: $40

About Scott Stevenson

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As a composer, Stevenson is regularly commissioned by Chicago's Metropolis Symphony. His most recent work, Hymn Of Unity (Words Of John Hume), was premiered by the orchestra, choir, and Irish ensemble at Chicago's Symphony Center on March 14, 2017. Proclamation, for orchestra, choir, and Irish ensemble was premiered in March 2016. He also serves as composer-in-residence for St. Charles Singers. His setting of Unto Us Is Born A Son was premiered by the choir in December 2017. The choir's 2011 release From Out Of A Wood features his arrangement of I Wonder As I Wander. Requiem 9/11, for choir and chamber orchestra, was premiered on September 11, 2011 at the United Methodist Church of Geneva, Illinois, where he serves as Director of Music and organist. Stevenson has also written music for Chicago’s Second City.

As pianist/arranger for Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Margaret Carlson, Stevenson has appeared with orchestras nationwide, including the Syracuse, Grand Rapids, Gulf Shores and Cedar Rapids Symphonies. He has toured nationally with Famous Vacationers, Jak Makral, Samba Bamba, and the John Fournier Quintet. Stevenson was one of the founding members of Mabel Mabel, who were chosen from over 7000 bands in 2007 as semifinalists in Fox TV's The Next Great American Band. You can currently find him performing in the Chicago area with Electric Dirt, Everybody Says Yes, Gerald Dowd, Leland, The First Time Four, Tributosaurus, Frisbie, Robbie Fulks and Michael McDermott.

Stevenson’s work as a singer/songwriter can be heard on his 2010 release Perpetual Calendar, and his jazz compositions can be heard on Scott Stevenson/Randy Henry/Tim Mulvenna/Gerald Dowd. His piano and organ work can be heard on the debut Magic Box EP and The Leland Bluebird Sessions. He also plays accordion on four recordings by the strange-country group Dick Smith: Swill, Smoke Damage, Woozy, and Glad Tidins: Christmas Gouger Vol. 1.

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Mystery History Downtown St. Charles Walking Tour
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Mystery History Downtown St. Charles Walking Tour

Walk through the history and culture of St. Charles. Stroll through the streets by lantern light and listen to the stories from years gone by from a tour guide. Along the way, stop into two local establishments to enjoy a drink (on your own). The final desination will be a downtown St. Charles eatery where dessert will be provided.

The walk begins at the St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main Street at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 for residents, $30 for non-residents

Register through the St. Charles Park District Here

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Family Friendly Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Family Friendly Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk

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Join the St. Charles History Museum for a family-friendly cemetery walk to meet some of our city’s most historic figures 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 approximately every 15 minutes from the hour where a guide will lead you through the cemetery.

While you wait or after your tour enjoy exploring the cemetery and try your hand at our scavenger hunt. Locate different symbols and discover their meaning.

Parking available in the lower parking lot at Bethlehem Church, 1145 N. 5th Ave.

Adults 18+: $5 Children: Free

Purchase tickets at the link below

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Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois at the St. Charles Public Library
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois at the St. Charles Public Library

Free program presented by the Illinois Road Scholars Speaker Bureau and co-sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library

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Prior to 1920, women were denied the vote in the majority of elections in the United States. The struggle for enfranchisement began with the birth of our nation and was strategized differently in our local, state, and federal elections. Despite what people today believe to be a straightforward goal, the path to women’s suffrage was infused with sexism and racism and triggered a fear of feminism whose roots are still seen today. While wealthy women advocates played a vital role in the suffrage movement, they were not the only ones seeking enfranchisement. From attorney Ellen Martin, the first woman to vote in Illinois, to Ida B. Wells, a woman who did not let racism stop her voice, women’s suffrage has been a battle hard fought by a diverse group of activists in Illinois.

About the Presenter

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Jeanne Schultz Angel received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in history at Illinois State University. In 1994 and 1996, she worked at a historical archaeology excavation in County Roscommon, Ireland under Dr. Charles E. Orser Jr. She worked at the St. Charles Heritage Center before completing her master’s in history on the anti-slavery movement in northeastern Illinois while being an at-home mother. Her thesis was awarded the “Cavanaugh Award” by ISU in 2005.

In late 2006, she became the Executive Director of the Lombard Historical Society, where she managed two historic house museums in Lombard, Illinois, including the Sheldon Peck Homestead, listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Angel is a 2010 graduate of the prestigious Seminar for Historical Administration and was the Illinois State representative for the American Association of State and Local History “Leadership in History” awards program from 2012-2015. She served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Museums, a statewide museum professional organization with offices in Springfield and Chicago from late 2013 to 2015. In May 2015, she became the Executive Director of the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Registration is required, to register please click here or call the St. Charles Public Library 630-584-0076.

This program is co-sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library.

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St. Charles ArtsFest Opening Reception
Sep
5
5:00 PM17:00

St. Charles ArtsFest Opening Reception

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The St. Charles History Museum will be the site of SCAC’s first of a series of ArtsFest public art installations! Each year for ArtsFest we are hoping to showcase local and national talent through the medium of temporary, cutting edge, public art installations. This year—local artist Rita Grendze will be installing the site-specific work “Synapses 4: community” on the Museum’s façade. Grendze has been developing a body of work from her home studio that explores pathways and systems through the medium of woven, three-dimensional drawings. This next iteration in the “Synapses” series asks: what are the pathways, the systems, that foster a true community?

Reception during ArtsFest Kick-Off Party, September 5 from 5-7 pm. On view September 6-15 at any time!

Visit the St. Charles Arts Council website for more information.


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History Happy Hour Boat Cruise
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

History Happy Hour Boat Cruise

Join us for History Happy Hour on the Fox River! Set sail aboard the beautiful Fox River Queen for a sunset cruise. Enjoy a Paddleboat and River History presentation led by representatives of the St. Charles History Museum, and test your knowledge with a round of St. Charles trivia! Appetizers and two drink tickets provided.

Buy tickets on the St. Charles Park District Website

The first commercial boat on the Fox River,  S.S. Pacific,  pictured at Pottawatomie Park Circa 1910

The first commercial boat on the Fox River, S.S. Pacific, pictured at Pottawatomie Park Circa 1910


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Saturday Speaker Series: Alice Berg Johnson - St. Charles' Tie to the Titanic
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Saturday Speaker Series: Alice Berg Johnson - St. Charles' Tie to the Titanic

Alice Berg Johnson

Alice Berg Johnson

When the RMS Titanic set sail for its maiden voyage in 1912, Alice Berg Johnson and her two children, Harold and Elanor, were returning home to their hometown of St. Charles after visiting Alice’s ill father in Finland. Alice purchased three Third Class tickets to set sail on the Titanic for what would be its first and final journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The Johnsons were among the approximately 710 people who made it off the ship alive after the vessel struck an iceberg and sank with over 1,500 passengers still on board.

Join us for this Saturday Speaker Series presentation with Amanda Helfers, Curator of our summer exhibit “Tip of the Iceberg: St. Charles’ Tie to the Titanic”, as she shares her months of research about the Johnson family and their harrowing journey back home to St. Charles amid the most infamous disaster in maritime history.

Register Here - $5

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Music at the Museum: Dave Ramont
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

Music at the Museum: Dave Ramont

Join us at the St. Charles History Museum for a special benefit show featuring Dave Ramont! A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the St. Charles History Museum. Your ticket includes two drinks and appetizers!

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the first set at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short intermission, and a second set.

About Dave Ramont

“Differentiating oneself in the burgeoning field of alternative country artists is a tricky proposition these days, but Dave Ramont stands tall in the crowd.” –Performing Songwriter magazine 

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Dave Ramont is a singer/songwriter from St. Charles who’s released 4 solo records and 3 more with swillbilly band Dick Smith. He’s played throughout the US and has garnered international airplay. Ramont taught guitar at RPM Creative Music in St. Charles for many years and has produced records for other songwriters.

On this night he’ll be joined by cellist/bassist and St. Charles native Ryan Carney, playing songs and no doubt sharing some St. Charles stories.

Tickets on Sale Now - Buy Yours at the Links Below

Music at the Museum Single Ticket - Two Drinks - $25

Music at the Museum Couple Ticket - Two Drinks Each - $40


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Sowing the Seeds of Victory: Plant a Victory Garden
Jun
28
11:30 AM11:30

Sowing the Seeds of Victory: Plant a Victory Garden

Come plant a Victory Garden with us in this kid and family-friendly program!

Program in Partnership with Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center - Sponsored by St. Charles Veterans

The first 30 kids to register will receive a Mickey Mouse green thumb t-shirt! Courtesy of Techpro of Geneva, IL.

The first 30 kids to register will receive a Mickey Mouse green thumb t-shirt! Courtesy of Techpro of Geneva, IL.

Victory Gardens were an essential way for civilians to get involved in the war efforts of both World Wars. Not only did the gardens promote patriotism, but they allowed people to grow and stockpile their own food, and for more to be rationed for use as needed throughout the wars.

The U.S. Government promoted Victory Gardens and provided information about how to organize garden plots for maximum growth and yields. Their guidelines are still an extremely effective way to organize your garden plots, even to this day!

Join us as we plant our Victory Garden display outside the museum. You’ll learn all about the history of Victory Gardens, and how you can start your own today! Kids will have the opportunity to make their own potted plant to take home courtesy of Heinz Brothers. The first 30 to register will also get a free Mickey Mouse green thumb t-shirt, courtesy of TechPro-Making IT Work of Geneva, Illinois.

Tickets: $5 per person. Register Below:

The Museum’s Victory Garden

The Museum’s Victory Garden

Program Sponsored By: St. Charles Veterans

Program Sponsored By: St. Charles Veterans

Victory Garden Mickey T-Shirt Courtesy of TechPro located in Geneva

Victory Garden Mickey T-Shirt Courtesy of TechPro located in Geneva

Seed and Peat Pot Sponsor

Seed and Peat Pot Sponsor

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Rockin' on the Rooftop
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

Rockin' on the Rooftop

A Special Fundraiser to Benefit the St. Charles History Museum

Featuring Dinner by Ron Onesti - Rosie and the Rivets - Catering Made Simple - Vintage 53 - Riverlands Brewing - Global Brew Tap House - Various Desserts from Local Restaurants - 50/50 Raffle - Diamond Necklace Raffle-Live Auction

Classic 50s rock group  Rosie and the Rivets  will headline Rockin’ on the Rooftop

Classic 50s rock group Rosie and the Rivets will headline Rockin’ on the Rooftop

For our annual fundraiser this year, we’ll be “Rockin' on the Rooftop” on June 22 from 5-9 p.m. Rosie and the Rivets will be our headline act as we’ll be rocking with some classics into the summer night. Enjoy dinner made by Ron Onesti, drinks, dessert, and a rockin’ good time while supporting your museum in the process!

The event will also feature a 50/50 split the pot raffle, a diamond necklace raffle, and a live auction featuring food and event packages.

Tickets on sale now, Click the Link Below! Each $50 ticket includes live music, dinner, dessert, and two drinks.

This event will be rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the event will be canceled and full refunds on tickets will be issued.

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DINNER INCLUDES:

  • Appetizers

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Pot Roast Sliders

  • Meatballs

  • Caprese Skewers

  • Bruschetta

  • Various Salades

  • Beef Brisket Sandwiches-Catering Made Simple

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Win a Beautiful Diamond Necklace Valued at $1,995 - Courtesy of State Street Jewelers in Geneva!

We’re raffling off this beautiful diamond necklace valued at $1,995 and donated by State Street Jewelers! Want a chance to win it? $20 raffle tickets are on sale now in The Curious Fox Gift Shop. Each ticket increases your chances of winning! The winner will be announced at Rockin’ on the Rooftop, and raffle tickets will be available at the event - winner does not need to be present to win. Thank you to State Street Jewelers for their donation, and good luck to all raffle participants!

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Established in 1952, State Street Jewelers has been renowned throughout the Fox Valley for our highly educated staff, top-notch customer service, exceptional jewelry work, and dedication to the local community.

Ron Onesti is president and founder of St. Charles, Illinois - based Onesti Entertainment Corporation, producing over 200 concerts, corporate events, casino shows and festivals annually all over the United States. He has served on the St. Charles History Museum board for the last two years.


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Enjoy a catered breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any other meal prepared with top quality fresh ingredients by our experienced chefs. From weddings to corporate lunches, Catering made simple will make your event a delicious success. We offer convenient online ordering and delivery.

BEVERAGE SPONSORS

Vintage 53 aims to bring together the old and new. Mario, the owner of Vintage 53, has been developing the idea for this wine bar for almost 10 years. His love for wine began in childhood. Back then, his passion was not for the drink but rather for the joy of a family gathering around the dinner table, drinking wine, and enjoying each other’s company. Now, he has a location where he can share that love of wine and bring together a whole new family: the people of St. Charles

Vintage 53 aims to bring together the old and new. Mario, the owner of Vintage 53, has been developing the idea for this wine bar for almost 10 years. His love for wine began in childhood. Back then, his passion was not for the drink but rather for the joy of a family gathering around the dinner table, drinking wine, and enjoying each other’s company. Now, he has a location where he can share that love of wine and bring together a whole new family: the people of St. Charles

Global Brew Tap House, this business is truly a great fit for the St. Charles area. It is a bar that specializes in all sorts of craft beers from around the world, and the people inside are very knowledgeable about each of those beers. On special occasions, they have food trucks serving food on the curb, and there’s always a roaring firepit outside to gather around and meet new people.  Global Brew staff members are all Certified Beer Servers through the Cicerone Program. This certification helps them best serve you - literally. Their insights and knowledge keep customers coming back for more.

Global Brew Tap House, this business is truly a great fit for the St. Charles area. It is a bar that specializes in all sorts of craft beers from around the world, and the people inside are very knowledgeable about each of those beers. On special occasions, they have food trucks serving food on the curb, and there’s always a roaring firepit outside to gather around and meet new people.

Global Brew staff members are all Certified Beer Servers through the Cicerone Program. This certification helps them best serve you - literally. Their insights and knowledge keep customers coming back for more.

NEW THIS YEAR! There are 5 partners; Andy Marck (principal investor), his two boys (Dave & Steve Marck), Eric Bramwell (head brewer from Naperville) and myself (Jason Arges also from Naperville). Andy has been a resident of St. Charles for over 50 years and raised his family here. About 3 years ago at backyard 4th of July party I was hosting, Andy who was recently retired tried some home brews that Eric made and wanted to see what it would take to open a brewery. Many months later we opened our doors to the public on March 15th in St. Charles.

NEW THIS YEAR! There are 5 partners; Andy Marck (principal investor), his two boys (Dave & Steve Marck), Eric Bramwell (head brewer from Naperville) and myself (Jason Arges also from Naperville). Andy has been a resident of St. Charles for over 50 years and raised his family here. About 3 years ago at backyard 4th of July party I was hosting, Andy who was recently retired tried some home brews that Eric made and wanted to see what it would take to open a brewery. Many months later we opened our doors to the public on March 15th in St. Charles.

Soda and Water are Complimentary. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event and will be $20 for 4.

DESSERT & COFFEE PROVIDED BY:

Nothing Bundt Cakes, located in the Geneva Commons shopping center, specializes in a European cake style. Bundt cakes were brought to America from Europe, and today Nothing Bundt Cakes puts a uniquely American spin on this old-world style.

Nothing Bundt Cakes, located in the Geneva Commons shopping center, specializes in a European cake style. Bundt cakes were brought to America from Europe, and today Nothing Bundt Cakes puts a uniquely American spin on this old-world style.

Fresh Ground Coffee is about three things:  1) Great Roasted Coffee with a purpose - everything starts with the bean. Without great beans, you can't have great coffee. Great beans come from relationships with farmers dedicated to quality.  2) Equipment and Supplies - Espresso, drip, pour over ... whatever you are doing to make coffee we can provide you the tools to make it even better. 3) Training and Support - Come to our coffee cuppings, sign up for a home barista class or a brewing class. Our mission is not only to provide great equipment and beans, but to teach you how to use them effectively.

Fresh Ground Coffee is about three things:
1) Great Roasted Coffee with a purpose - everything starts with the bean. Without great beans, you can't have great coffee. Great beans come from relationships with farmers dedicated to quality.
2) Equipment and Supplies - Espresso, drip, pour over ... whatever you are doing to make coffee we can provide you the tools to make it even better. 3) Training and Support - Come to our coffee cuppings, sign up for a home barista class or a brewing class. Our mission is not only to provide great equipment and beans, but to teach you how to use them effectively.

Additional Desserts Donated By the Following Restaurants:

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS

IN KIND SPONSORS

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Tip of the Iceberg: St. Charles' Tie to the Titanic Exhibit Opening
Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

Tip of the Iceberg: St. Charles' Tie to the Titanic Exhibit Opening

Alice Berg Johnson, St. Charles resident and Titanic survivor.

Alice Berg Johnson, St. Charles resident and Titanic survivor.

When the RMS Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean, the world waited in anticipation for its docking in New York to hear how grand this new ship really was. Designed with luxury in mind, even third class accommodations were better than on other ships. First class areas were most luxurious, providing all the amenities that money could buy. These advantages extended even to the lifeboats, which first class passengers were given priority access as the ship went down. Second and third class passengers were locked behind gates until first class women and children were loaded into the lifeboats. Unfortunately, there was no urgency in the beginning to get off the sinking ship. Lifeboats were launched at half capacity, and some refused to get in a lifeboat. Second and third class passengers barely had a chance to escape, and the Titanic sank with 1,500 souls still on board.

Our exhibit Tip of the Iceberg: St. Charles’ Ties to the Titanic explores the experiences of three particular passengers from different classes. Molly Brown is highlighted as the First Class passenger because of her actions during and after the sinking. The Caldwell family’s story is told because not only were they traveling home to Illinois, but they were also incredibly lucky as they survived the sinking as a whole family. Third class passengers Alice Berg Johnson and her two children, Harold and Eleanor, were heading home to St. Charles when they boarded the Titanic and narrowly escaped the sinking.

We are proud to tell the stories of these survivors and our community’s tie to the most infamous disaster in maritime history.

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Living History Presentation: The 8th Illinois Cavalry & The Civil War in St. Charles
May
25
11:00 AM11:00

Living History Presentation: The 8th Illinois Cavalry & The Civil War in St. Charles

On Saturday, May 25 during the St. Charles Fine Arts Show, drop by the St. Charles History Museum to meet with Civil War reenactors who will provide information on the 8th Illinois Cavalry and St. Charles’ connections to the Civil War.

The 8th Illinois Cavalry was one of the most well-known troops in the Civil War, and held their training grounds in St. Charles at the site of what is present-day Langum Park.

This program is free and registration is not required. The reenactors will be at the museum during our regular hours.

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Historic House Walk with the St. Charles Park District
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Historic House Walk with the St. Charles Park District

Pottawatomi Park Neighborhood House Walk 2019

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Pottawatomie Pavilion

Celebrate Historic Preservation month in May by touring the first public park in Illinois - Pottawatomie Park. Take a walking tour of the Grandview neighborhood where docents at select sites will share details of the exterior architecture and historical significance of each home.

While exploring the neighborhood enjoy additional information in your guide that details additional properties.

Guided tours of the park will depart on the half hour. Light refreshments provided by Nothing Bundt Cake of Geneva.

To register, please visit the St. Charles Park District Website.

For questions or more information, contact the St. Charles History Museum at (630) 584-6967 or by emailing info@stchistory.org.

Volunteer and be a Docent…

The St. Charles History Museum is looking for docents to help with our house walk. Docents will be available at select sites where you will share the details of the exterior and architecture significance of the home. Shifts are two hours and there will be a training session on May 11, at 2pm at the St. Charles History Museum.

To sign up please visit https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WJ6KtyHoGharkQv1KHIlkmgBWWzCsfIywWFtCTiTyTw/edit?usp=sharing or if you have questions please call 630.584.6967 or email info@stcmuseum.org.

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Pottawatomie Park

This program is in collaboration with the following organizations as part of preservation month.

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Historic Landscapes with Carol Yetken
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Landscapes with Carol Yetken

May is Preservation Month…

Public parks are a boon to every community. Families gather for picnics, sports and special events. They host marathons and festivals, but are havens for early-morning runners and walkers. Parks offer safe, stimulating places for children to play and grow.

But there weren't always public parks. So how did they come to be?

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Pottawatomi Park Pavilion

Join Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley as we welcome Carol Yetken, Landscape Architect and Historian of CYLA Design. Carol will discuss the history of public parks and discuss the unique and leading role Illinois had in the establishment of public parks. She will discuss the design of parks and how they evolved over time. We will conclude with a brief history and discussion of the history of Pottawatomie Park and Golf Course, followed by a short walking tour of Pottawatomie Park.

The event is free, but registration is recommended. Space is limited, so register soon!

To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-landscapes-with-carol-yetken-tickets-60192412125

This program has been organized by Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley and is in collaboration with the following organizations as part of preservation month.


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This Old House - Presentation by Dr. Steve Smunt
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

This Old House - Presentation by Dr. Steve Smunt

Help us Kickoff Preservation Month!

Event from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Community Room at the St. Charles Public Library. Register on the St. Charles Public Library Website.

Join Dr. Steven Smunt of the St. Charles Historic Preservation Commission for an exploration of historic homes around St. Charles.

St. Charles contains an excellent collection of historic houses from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Buildings in the historic districts are known for their quality of construction & craftsmanship.

Many are over 100 years old and if properly maintained will last indefinitely. Dr. Steve Smunt, of the St. Charles Historic Preservation Commission, will share his experiences in preservation and cover the following topics on old houses:

  • Why we love our old houses

  • The process of obtaining landmark status: A case study of the Emma Durant-Lane house

  • Plaque programs, organizational and official

  • The historic preservation movement in St. Charles

  • Q&A

This program is in Collaboration with the following organizations as part of Preservation Month.



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May is Preservation Month
May
1
to May 31

May is Preservation Month

May is National Historic Preservation Month, a time when people across America celebrate their history, culture, and special places . Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is a national campaign by the National Trust and it encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities.

Join 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 for Preservation Month. Through the month of May we have number of exciting collaborative programs that highlight the importance of preservation and the history of St. Charles.

Checkout our calendar for all of our upcoming events…

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Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom - Presentation by Jeanne Schultz Angel
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom - Presentation by Jeanne Schultz Angel

Join us a the St. Charles History Museum and learn more about the Anti-Slavery movement and the Underground Railroad.

Illinoisans played prominent roles in antislavery movements preceding the Civil War. Understanding the wide range 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 – is important to understanding the escalation to war. Angel explores the role that the Underground Railroad played in the lives of Freedom Seekers and includes information about several significant slavery and antislavery sites in Illinois, including sundown towns. Her presentation will demonstrate the complexity of responses to the idea of slavery in the early days of statehood and link it to the impact of human trafficking in present day Illinois.

Jeanne Schultz Angel’s work on the antislavery movement has continued since she wrote an award-winning graduate thesis on the topic in 2005. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Lombard Historical Society, where she managed the Sheldon Peck Homestead, listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Angel has extensive experience in museum management, including work as Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Museums. She is currently Executive Director of the Nineteenth Century Club and Charitable Association in Oak Park, Illinois.

Registration is required as space is limited. Members are free and non-members are $5 per person.

Please fill out the form below or call 630.584.6967 to register.

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Hidden Treasures: Creating Time Capsules - Kids Event at St. Charles Public Library
Apr
26
3:30 PM15:30

Hidden Treasures: Creating Time Capsules - Kids Event at St. Charles Public Library

A time capsule program with the St. Charles Public Library as part of the 2019 One Book - One Community Program. Event for kids in grades 1-5 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Carnegie Community Room.

What treasures can be found in everyday households? Learn about interesting artifacts from the past with Alison Costanzo from the St. Charles History Museum, then stay and create your own personal time capsule to be opened in the future!

Register at www.scpld.libnet.info/event/1552783

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Murder on the Bayou: Murder Mystery Night at Pheasant Run
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Murder on the Bayou: Murder Mystery Night at Pheasant Run

Join Pheasant Run Resort at this Murder Mystery fundraising event to benefit the St Charles History Museum. Vero Voce will present Murder on the Bayou, an original murder mystery interactive event written exclusively for this event and set in 1920s New Orleans! This event kicks off NoLA-style with cocktails on St Charles’ very own version of Bourbon Street in the heart of Pheasant Run Resort. As murder ensues, pursue the clues within Preservation A while dining on heavy appetizers and desserts. Come dressed for the 1920’s New Orleans-themed event because there will be a costume contest prize awarded at the end of the evening.

 Your ticket will include:

·         2 drinks per person (beer, wine, or signature cocktail)

·         A three-course meal and heavy appetizers and desserts throughout the evening

·         Interactive Entertainment by Vero Voce Theater Company

·         Your proceeds benefiting the St Charles History Museum!

Tickets are $75 per person, with proceeds benefiting the St. Charles History Museum. To purchase tickets, visit www.pheasantrun.com/murder-mystery-event.

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Table Decoration Sponsor

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History Museum Focus Group
Apr
7
12:30 PM12:30

History Museum Focus Group

Members of the St. Charles community are invited to attend a focus group at the History Museum to offer their thoughts and feedback on the future of the St. Charles History Museum. RSVP required. For more information, contact Executive Director Alison Costanzo at director@stcmuseum.org.

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Screening of "Sheldon Peck, Portrait of an Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times"
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Screening of "Sheldon Peck, Portrait of an Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times"

The Lombard Historical Society and Tim Frakes Productions Inc. present a new documentary on the life of Lombard, Illinois’ Sheldon Peck, a 19th century primitive portrait artist, radical abolitionist, conductor on the underground railroad and advocate of progressive temperance and public education.

Largely forgotten and unknown in the century and a half after his death in 1868, Sheldon Peck and his legacy are only recently receiving belated appreciation and recognition of his talent, passion, courage, activism and accomplishments. Sheldon Peck, Portrait of an Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times, tells the story of a family man who did the “right thing” when confronting the horrors of slavery and whose personal choices honored his sense of moral obligation to his fellow man; a story that will resonate with today’s viewers. Sheldon Peck embraced the important issues of his day in the time of manifest destiny, and was not afraid to speak out or actively pursue justice.

Join us for this special screening and celebration of the local legacy of Sheldon Peck and our local abolitionist figures as part of our Spring 2019 temporary exhibit: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions: St. Charles and the Underground Railroad.

Source: Lombard Historical Society Press Release

Please join us for this fascinating and FREE program for members and $5 for non members. Refreshments will be served.

As seated in limited registration is required, please fill out the form below or call 630.584.6967.

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Exhibit Opening: "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions”
Feb
12
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions”

The new spring 2019 exhibit at the St. Charles History Museum entitled “Ordinary People - Extraordinary Actions” will explore newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s.

The exhibit centers around local folk artist and radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck, exploring his previously unknown connections to regional abolitionist figures, whose work played a crucial role in providing freedom-seekers coming from southern slave states with a safe avenue to find new homes in Chicago and the Great Lakes area.

Peck’s artwork can be seen at museums around the United States such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The St. Charles History Museum is proud to have a prized original Sheldon Peck painting in its collection which will also be part of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be unveiled with a special grand opening event on Tuesday, February 12 at 5 p.m.. For more information, or to rsvp please fill out the form below or call the Museum at (630) 584-6967.

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Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Volunteer Collections Training

During our January Shutdown we will be inventorying our backlog of donations that have come in in the last few years. In order to ensure that the artifacts are handled and cataloged properly, we will be conducting a training session on collections basics and the process to cataloging our artifacts. To sign up for this training session on Saturday, January 12 at 11am see our signup.com page and use this link: http://signup.com/go/nhLrnUZ to get there. You will find the time slot for that day and time with the label “Collections Volunteer Orientation”. Since the artifacts we are dealing with can be fragile and incredibly unique, we prefer volunteers to be at least 18 years of age. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Helfers at 630-589-6967 or by email at amandahelfers@stcmuseum.org.

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 January Shutdown 2019
Jan
8
to Feb 12

January Shutdown 2019

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The St. Charles History Museum will be shutting down after the Annual Meeting and Open House through the first week in February. During which time we will be doing major maintenance and cleaning. This year we will be focusing on rearranging office space for staff and volunteers as well as working on creating a better workspace in the archives. We will also be uninstalling our WWI exhibit, repacking textiles, installing our new temporary exhibit, and finalizing areas in the permanent exhibit.

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 8, and Tuesday, February 12th, during the hours from 10am-4pm. Sign up to help us paint, move offices, and create a better workspace in the archives. 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 link 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/nhLrnUZ
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.

 

 

 

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 Annual Membership Meeting & Open House
Jan
5
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 2019 events calendar. Coffee and cookies will be provided.  Please RSVP by January 2, 2019, please call 630-584-6967, email info@stcmuseum.org or fill out the form below.  

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