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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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Giving Tuesday 2018
Nov
27
12:00 AM00:00

Giving Tuesday 2018

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

To find out how you can give more and #supportlocalhistory visit our Giving Tuesday page.

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Holiday Homecoming-Holiday Hot Spot
Nov
24
12:00 PM12:00

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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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.

FEE:
Members $5 Non-Members $10

 
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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.  

Belgium Town Map, c. 1930.

Belgium Town Map, c. 1930.

Registration is Closed

FEE: $5 Members   $10 Non-Members

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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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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!

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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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January Shutdown 2018
Jan
9
to Feb 9

January Shutdown 2018

  • St. Charles History Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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. 

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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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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Get Your Copy Today

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.

Fee: $5 Members   $10 Non-Members

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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 


Buy Your Tickets Today

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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Gold Level Sponsor

Silver Level Sponsor

Ed Klosowski- Board President 

Bronze Level Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

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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

  • St. Charles History Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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

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Saturday Speaker Series: Eastland Disaster
Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

Saturday Speaker Series: Eastland Disaster

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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The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

The Eastland Disaster: An Unparalleled Tragedy

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.

REGISTER ON THE ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY WEBSITE

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