A Look Back at Belgium Town
Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

A Look Back at Belgium Town

Join us as presenter Cynthia Foster looks back at the lives of our Belgian immigrants from the 1890's until now.  Learn more about the Belgium community,  their civic responsibilities, contributions to local business, and daily lives. Many descendants of the original inhabitants still live in Belgium Town and as part of the evening's program, their stories will be shared.  

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Belgium Town Map, c. 1930.

Space is limited so please RSVP by November 7th by filling out the form below. 

FEE: $5 Members   $10 Non-Members

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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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Holiday Homecoming-Holiday Hot Spot
Nov
24
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. 

Join us for cookies, hot cider, and a kids craft provided by Fine Line Creative Arts Center.

Funny Faces Face Painting will be here from 2pm-4:30pm and providing holiday inspired face paint designs, $1 each.

Don't forget to get a photo op with Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer during the parade!

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Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Mystery History Downtown Food Crawl

Walk through the history and culture of St. Charles. Visit downtown eateries and discover the ties St. Charles has to U.S. history. Food and trivia fun provided at each stop.

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In collaboration with the St. Charles Park District

To Register: Click Here

Resident $25 Non- Resident $38

A Special Thank You to Our Participating Restaurants Club Arcada, El Puente, Filling Station, and Vintage 53.

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

Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk

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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 approximately every 15 minutes from the hour where a guid 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.

As part of Scarecrow Fest there will be a trolley traveling throughout the fest and will be making a stop at North Cemetery throughout the day. 

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Ages 15 & younger must be accompanied
by a paying adult.

Ages 5 & under are free.
All Ages • 17086 • $5 per person

To pre-registration is encouraged,  please call the St. Charles Park District or click here.

This program is in Collaboration with the St. Charles Township, St. Charles Park District and the St. Charles Visitors Bureau.

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Final Resting Place: The Stones Tell a Story
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Final Resting Place: The Stones Tell a Story

Discover more about the life of your great-grandfather by understanding the symbols on his gravestone. Professional genealogist Jane Haldeman will explain how to read that death date on grandmother’s deteriorating stone and show us how to care for that old tombstone before it completely disappears.

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This program is cosponsored with the St. Charles History Public Library.

To register please visit: https://www.scpld.org/event/final-resting-place-stones-tell-story

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Brown Bag Lunch: Honoring the Soldiers of St. Charles
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Bag Lunch: Honoring the Soldiers of St. Charles

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Join us for our brown bag lunch program where our Excutive Director Alison Costanzo will discuss our new fall exhibit Home Front: Echoes of the Great War and take a more in-depth look at the events that began WWI but also explore the lives of the men and women who served from St. Charles. 

Light refreshments will be provided and feel free to bring your lunch. RSVP is encouraged by calling 630.584.6967, emailing info@stcmuseum.org, or fill out the form below.  

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Homefront: Echoes of the Great War Exhibit Opening with Dance Night
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

Homefront: Echoes of the Great War Exhibit Opening with Dance Night

The War to End All Wars…

High above the trenches, soldiers witnessed the beginning of military aviation, that would forever alter the shape of modern combat and made World War I unlike any other conflict in human history. November 2018, marks the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. Despite this landmark occasion, the “War to End All Wars,” as it was called at the time, has received very little attention.

Many of the St. Charles soldiers trained at Camp Grant in Rockford, though some were transferred closer to the east coast. Trainee George Vanderhoof wrote to his family in Wasco from Camp Merritt in New Jersey and claimed to be in the best health and mood of his life. This positivity exemplifies the experience of many men during their stateside training.

St. Charles men and women played a large part in the war effort both in Europe and at home, and this exhibit aims to bring their accomplishments and difficulties to light. Focusing on the local experience of this global tragedy, our Fall exhibition curated by the Amelia Deering (Summer Intern), Home Front: Echoes of the Great War will bring home the reality of a war often forgotten and overshadowed by the many conflicts of the later 20th century.

Join us on August 24, from 5pm-7pm for the opening of our Fall exhibition, as well as light refreshments and a performance by Lux Dance Studio. To register please fill out the form below or call the museum at 630.584.6967.

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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.

Click here to download your application today!

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS

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BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS

IN-KIND SPONSORS

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

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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.

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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. 

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BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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

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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.  

Click Here for Registration

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. 

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Members $5 and Non-Members $10

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