St. Charles History Museum

St. Charles History Museum The St. Charles History Museum mission is to Collect, Preserve, and Present St. Charles' History. The building served St.
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Charles History Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits, the Colonial Anderson Research Room, photo and research archives, a gift shop, administrative offices, and the collections storage facilities. The Museum is located in the 1928 McCornack Oil Company building at 215 East Main Street. Charles as a Texaco gas station from 1928-1990. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, the St Charles History Museum

is supported by the community. The Museum accepts donations and offers memberships on our website. Open Tuesday-Saturday
11am-4pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Major Holidays

Ditka implores you to get your DuKane Video Pro-7 ready for the Bears vs. Packers game today. A portable VCR is helpful ...
01/07/2024

Ditka implores you to get your DuKane Video Pro-7 ready for the Bears vs. Packers game today. A portable VCR is helpful to study the game tape!

If you don't have one readily available, come over to the Museum to view it and many other technologies as part of our upcoming exhibit: "High Frequency: The Evolution of DuKane" opening February 3rd, 2024!

While the St. Charles History Museum may be closed to the public for the month of January, that does not mean we are not...
01/03/2024

While the St. Charles History Museum may be closed to the public for the month of January, that does not mean we are not hard at work. When we return we will be back with a brand new exhibit! Running February 3 to May 31, 2024, over a century of technological history will be showcased as part of โ€œHigh Frequency: The Evolution of the DuKane Corporation."
We are gathering former and current employees for a special preview, so don't hesitate to reach out to [email protected] for more information, or to share your memories of Dukane.

Musicians of the St. Charles area; it is not too late to sign up to be a part of the St. Charles History Museum's June-D...
12/17/2023

Musicians of the St. Charles area; it is not too late to sign up to be a part of the St. Charles History Museum's June-December 2024 exhibit on music in town! We are looking for any local musicians who would be willing to sit down for a brief interview and play us a tune. We will then incorporate these recordings into the exhibit and later archive them as a slice of history for generations to come!

To get YOUR story told, please email: [email protected]
(Pictured: Club Arcada performers, "The Four Noblemen: Dance and Stroll Specialists" ca. 1935)

What a wonderful night out we had last week! Beautiful weather, lovely guests, and a lot of music, great food, and fun! ...
12/15/2023

What a wonderful night out we had last week! Beautiful weather, lovely guests, and a lot of music, great food, and fun! Thank you friends of the St. Charles History Museum for your continued support. We can't wait to do it again next year!

And thank you, Karen Muehlfelt for these wonderful pictures.

Check out all of the pictures and get your copies at:

Photo collection by Keeping Moments Photography

FYI, the museum will be closed on Friday, December 8. We will be preparing for our 2023 Holiday Gala at the St. Charles ...
12/07/2023

FYI, the museum will be closed on Friday, December 8. We will be preparing for our 2023 Holiday Gala at the St. Charles Country Club.

We've set a new record for attendance, and the weather looks GREAT! BE sure to Follow our page -- or better yet, become a member of the museum so you don't miss your invitation to the Gala next year!

We'll see you for our regular hours on Saturday -- 11 AM to 4 PM...

Have you got your Christmas pickle ornaments yet?

With Brenda Lee's 1958 Christmas Hit "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 thi...
12/07/2023

With Brenda Lee's 1958 Christmas Hit "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 this December, we thought we would share her rendition of "Bye, Bye, Blues."

This song was composed by longtime St. Charles resident David Bennett back in 1925 and is a standard in the jazz world. It was described as being one of the all-time tap dance songs, and Mr. Bennett would close out all St. Charles Noon Rotary Club meeting with the tune!

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Brian Henry and Jon Morgan, former on-air announcers for local radio station WGSB/WFXW 1480AM joined us in front of the ...
12/03/2023

Brian Henry and Jon Morgan, former on-air announcers for local radio station WGSB/WFXW 1480AM joined us in front of the podcast microphones for a little trip down memory lane. Check out the latest episode of the St. Charles History Chronicle podcast on your favorite podcast service, or follow the link below to listen on our website.

Don't miss the exclusive archive audio of the day the station left the air permanently!

Listen on your favorite podcast app or click here: https://www.stcmuseum.org/podcast-history-chronicles/2023/12/3/1480am-brian-henry-and-jon-morgan-discuss-st-charles-local-radio-station-wgsbwfxw

We had a GREAT TIME! Thank you St. Charles!
12/03/2023

We had a GREAT TIME! Thank you St. Charles!

Who remembers the "Voice of the Fox River Valley"? WGSB 1480AM was our local radio station for decades. We will be recor...
11/28/2023

Who remembers the "Voice of the Fox River Valley"? WGSB 1480AM was our local radio station for decades. We will be recording a podcast with some of the on-air personalities you remember this week. What questions do you have? What are some of your memories of this important part of Geneva, St. Charles, and Batavia's history?

Please leave your questions and comments below... Thanks!

11/27/2023

We had a blast being the Holiday Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals on Saturday! Did you see us? Let's keep the fun going! Tomorrow is - a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day to encourage people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Join the movement and give! Your gift means so much to us. 75% of our annual budget comes from individual donors LIKE YOU!

Your local history museum - the St. Charles History Museum - is a great place to practice that generosity of GIVING TUESDAY. Your donation will support our important mission to collect, preserve, and present the incredible history of St. Charles. To maximize your gift, please consider making this a recurring gift.

https://stcmuseum.org/donate

Recurring Gifts of just $9 per month (or annual gifts over $100) will qualify you for the additional benefits of VIP-level membership. Click here to learn more about our VIP program.

But whatever you can afford to give, know that we are genuinely grateful for your support!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

We are a 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts are deductible. Contact your tax advisor for further details.

The St. Charles History Museum mission is to Collect, Preserve, and Present St. Charles' History.

One Hundred Years Ago Today (11/22/1923) in the St. Charles Chronicle...Forgot to shop for Thanksgiving? Unexpected comp...
11/23/2023

One Hundred Years Ago Today (11/22/1923) in the St. Charles Chronicle...

Forgot to shop for Thanksgiving? Unexpected company? Don't worry; the Southern Tea Room is open on East Main. Serving Thanksgiving fare, including chicken as the main course -- just $1! For another 50c, you can have turkey - both meals include an appetizer (oysters!), dessert (pumpkin pie!), and tea, coffee or milk.

Returning to the present: Everyone at the St. Charles History Museum wishes all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving! We will be open tomorrow for all your Holiday Shopping needs, and we'll see you at the Holiday Homecoming Parade in St. Charles on Saturday. We're the Grand Marshals!!

OnPath Financial, LLC is a valued sponsor of our Holiday Gala 2023 (Dec. 8 @ 6 PM at the St. Charles Country Club). They...
11/20/2023

OnPath Financial, LLC is a valued sponsor of our Holiday Gala 2023 (Dec. 8 @ 6 PM at the St. Charles Country Club). They've been a great supporter of the History Museum for years, and we are very grateful for their support, as well as the support of all of our Gala sponsors. Learn more about their service at: https://onpathfinancial.com/

If you would like to join them as a sponsor, we have sponsor packages still available for the gala. More information on our website - stcmuseum.org or contact the museum at 630-584-6967.

Do you have YOUR tickets yet? Tickets are going FAST!

Thank you to Mason, Faith & Hoscheit D.D.S for being a sponsor of our Holiday Gala 2023! Always a supporter of the Museu...
11/14/2023

Thank you to Mason, Faith & Hoscheit D.D.S for being a sponsor of our Holiday Gala 2023! Always a supporter of the Museum, we are very grateful for everything they have done for us!

Here's their website - book your appointment today! https://www.dmkdds.com/
And don't forget to floss! ๐Ÿ˜›

โœ… ๐™‹๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ƒ๐™Š๐™‡๐™„๐˜ฟ๐˜ผ๐™” ๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‡๐˜ผ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ!Without their support, we couldn't make history!Today, we thank Kane Rep...
11/12/2023

โœ… ๐™‹๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ƒ๐™Š๐™‡๐™„๐˜ฟ๐˜ผ๐™” ๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‡๐˜ผ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ!

Without their support, we couldn't make history!

Today, we thank Kane Repertory Theatre! Be sure to check out their website for information about upcoming productions! https://www.kanerepertorytheatre.com/

And don't forget to buy your ticket for the St. Charles History Museum Holiday Gala 2023 " It's A Wonderful Life In St. Charles In 1933" -- learn more here: https://www.stcmuseum.org/events/2023/12/08/holidaygala2023

We at the St. Charles History Museum want to thank all who have served on this Veteran's Day! If you have not read the s...
11/11/2023

We at the St. Charles History Museum want to thank all who have served on this Veteran's Day! If you have not read the story posted yesterday, we invite you to take a look.

Below, are some images from the archives featuring our town's reaction to the armistice of November 11, 1918, ending the First World War. Locals paraded through town carrying flags before a line of carriages crossed the town later in the day. Notice the hearse, carrying a casket labeled "Wilhelm, Nov 11," a joking reference to the defeated German emperor.

We at the Museum are very excited about the new David Fincher Movie "The Killer" being released today! Here is a sign fr...
11/10/2023

We at the Museum are very excited about the new David Fincher Movie "The Killer" being released today! Here is a sign from our archives that was autographed by the cast and crew when they filmed here in town. See if you can spot the signature of movie director David Fincher, or actors Tilda Swinton and Michael Fassbender!

Thank you to Archie Bentz for this information:I thought it would be appropriate to recognize one of St. Charles own vet...
11/10/2023

Thank you to Archie Bentz for this information:

I thought it would be appropriate to recognize one of St. Charles own veterans. My cousins, Barry, Pam, and Merrie Jones grew up on Walnut Avenue in the 1950-1970's era. All were graduates of SCHS.

Bayard โ€˜Barryโ€™ Jones, 1st Lieutenant US Army, 1968-69 Vietnam, Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star.

The attached Chronicle articles are from March 22, 1967, April 12, 1969, and April 30, 1969.

When the 1994 film "Forrest Gump" was showing while Barry and his wife, Peg, were in attendance while the scene where Forrest and Bubba were about to meet Lt. Dan Taylor, the camera panned across the company signage declaring they were to be members of the 4th Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry of the 9th Infantry Division. Peg's memory wasn't diminished and writing letters 25 years earlier to her fiancรฉ Lt. Bayard P. Jones flooded back to her memory. She immediately let out a shrill scream that the entire audience heard. Ironic that she recognized the outfit before Bayard did.

On this Veterans Day, I hope you will take time to remember a real-life hero, my cousin, Lt. Bayard P. Jones, who is no longer with us after suffering through the cancerous ravages of Agent Orange.

The real-life Lt. Dan Taylor.

Hello all, this is your local Archivist over at the St. Charles History Museum CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! This January, we w...
11/05/2023

Hello all, this is your local Archivist over at the St. Charles History Museum CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! This January, we want to record your story and a song (original or cover) for our upcoming exhibit on โ€œMusic in St. Charles.โ€ During our annual shutdown, we will be setting up a mini-studio in the Museum with a few house instruments, or you can bring your own! Each interview should take only around 15 minutes and will be recorded in a low-stress setting. For more information, please reach out to [email protected]. If you have already expressed interest, you should have received an update email, or will be receiving one shortly! We have been so thrilled by the support we have received thus far; we can definitely say this community โ€œrocks!โ€

Photo: Marion and Jessie Miller with Instruments, ca. 1880s

10/28/2023
With the World Series starting tonight, we thought we might share a couple images from the early age of radio relating t...
10/27/2023

With the World Series starting tonight, we thought we might share a couple images from the early age of radio relating to the Fall Classic.

In these images you can see a large crowd gather in front of the Operadio (now DuKane) headquarters on 8 S. Dearborn Street in Chicago to keep up with Game 7 of the 1925 World Series. The plays were announced over the radio and written on the window with greasepaint to give onlookers a play by play update of the game. The Pittsburgh Pirates would reign supreme over the Washington Senators by a score of 9-7, winning it all.

If you look closely at the window second to the left on the third floor, you can spot the EXACT Operadio Consolette we currently have on permanent display in the Jack and Kathy Brens Exhibit Hall relaying the calls!

St. Charles History Museum member Elizabeth Suwanski is competing on the Food Network's Halloween Cookie challenge. Here...
10/23/2023

St. Charles History Museum member Elizabeth Suwanski is competing on the Food Network's Halloween Cookie challenge. Here's the story...

Liz Suwanski of St. Charles will compete on The Food Network's "Halloween Cookie Challenge" on Monday, Oct. 30. The hobbyist cookier specializes in intricate, one-of-a-kind designs that are still meant to be eaten.

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Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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The St. Charles History Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits, the Colonial Anderson Research Room, the Jack & Kathy Brens Exhibit Hall photo and research archives, the Curious Fox Gift Shop, administrative offices, and the collections storage facilities. The Museum currently holds over 10,000 artifacts and 15,000 photographs from St. Charlesโ€™ 185+ year history in its collection. The Museum is located in the 1928 McCornack Oil Company building at 215 East Main Street. The building served St. Charles as a Texaco gas station from 1928-1990. After renovations, the Museum opened to the public in May 2001. Prior to 2001 the Museum was located in the St. Charles Municipal Building.

Leave your mark on history by supporting the St. Charles History Museum. The Museum relies on the generosity of its members and supporters throughout the community. The St. Charles History Museum is a 501(c) 3 and all charitable donations are tax deductible.

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