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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.

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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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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 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?

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: 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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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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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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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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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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