The St. Charles History Museum will host their next temporary exhibit opening reception on October 25. The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: The Boys School of St. Charles will focus on the history of the school and the impact it had on the boys sent there. Established in 1902, the Illinois State Home for Delinquent Boys focused on a friendly homelike setting for the boys instead of locking them in a cell. For most boys, the school held a positive effect, encouraging them to lead better lives. Others, however, took nothing away from their time at the school. Lester Gillis, more commonly known as Baby Face Nelson, was a resident of the Boys School during his teen years, but Gillis remained unchanged. Baby Face Nelson continued to live a life of crime, which led to his demise at an early age. Though it has gone through changes, the Illinois Youth Center still operates today as a Level 2 medium-security facility.
Join us at this special opening reception and enjoy drinks and appetizers with our Museum staff and researchers.