New Exhibit “Ordinary People - Extraordinary Actions” to Explore Local Connections to the Underground Railroad

New Exhibit “Ordinary People - Extraordinary Actions” to Explore Local Connections to the Underground Railroad

A new exhibit at the St. Charles History Museum entitled “Ordinary People - Extraordinary Actions” will explore newly discovered local connections to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800s.

Amazing Artifact Series on Youtube

Ever wonder about St. Charles History, and some it's most famous people, artifacts, and other things well Amazing Artifacts takes in a in depth look at every Artifact in our permanent exhibit. We kicked off the first series taking a look at our most important artifact our very own Sheldon Peck of Steven Sanborn Jones a well known abolitionist. Today our second video in the series went up talking about the Wide Awakes Club, who were dedicated to getting Abraham Lincoln elected as President of The United States. Our Wide Awakes Lantern is a symbolic relic from the Civil War and holds a great history to it. You can find the videos on our YouTube at

We look forward to having you come into the Museum and taking a look at our Amazing Artifacts for yourself, our hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm and can answer any questions you have for us. 


Foodie Fest

With the Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest coming up, and the days are winding down to purchase your  tickets to the event.  Some of the best restaurants in all of St. Charles will be in attendance offering food tasting, desserts, and beverages. The evening makes for a fun time to socialize all the while benefiting the Museum. This event lets restaurants showcase and promote their food. Other great parts of the Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest include, our live auction of various items provided by different business, 103.9 Eddie Volkman will be live on air to talk about various restaurants and announce the Tri-Cities 50/50 raffle winner. Raffle tickets are $5 for 1 or $20 for 5 and last year’s winner won over $10,000.  Can’t make it to the Foodie Fest? Not a problem you can still buy raffle tickets and win, and we will contact you if you won. Food tickets are $50 for five food tastings and two beverages and $55 is unlimited food tastings and two beverages. Desserts will be inside the museum and the food and other activities will be outside on the top-level parking lot behind the Museum. The festival will be from 5pm-9pm on June 23rd and the winner of the raffle will be announced at 8:30pm. We hope to see you there!

New Name and Look for St. Charles History Museum Gift Shop

Museum Shop Reveals New Brand and Offerings for Patrons

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 pottery, jewelry, 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. 

The Curious Fox and the Museum are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, Museum staff may be reached at 630-584-6967 or via e-mail at


Museum Debuts New Christmas Ornament

The St Charles History Museum is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 limited edition brass ornament and features the St. Charles History Museum. Each ornament is $18 plus tax and will be available in our gift shop, through our website and will have the option to ship. To purchase please visit our gift shop located at 215 E. Main Street, St. Charles IL or visit us online at

Get them while they last!