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Historic Landscapes with Carol Yetken
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?

Pottawatomi Park Pavilion

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:

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
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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Holiday Homecoming-Holiday Hot Spot
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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St. Patrick's Day Parade
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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Pickle Scavenger Hunt
to Nov 25

Pickle Scavenger Hunt

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

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 To find out more about the Holiday Homecoming parade and the Pickle Scavenger Hunt, visit or

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

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Family Fun Day
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.

Parents Name *
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Childs Name *
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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



Ticket includes: entry to the event, 25 game tickets, a bag of popcorn, and a bottle of water.


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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Municipal Building 75th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 PM13:00

Municipal Building 75th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of the Municipal Building's momentous 75th anniversary, the St. Charles History Museum, in partnership with the City of St. Charles, invites you to join a celebration of the Municipal Building on Saturday Sept. 12 from 1-3 pm at the building and plaza at 2 E Main St.

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