Happy 185th Anniversary St. Charles!

2019 marks the 185th Anniversary of St. Charles.  We are highlighting stories from our rich history all year long.

Veterans Day in St. Charles throughout the Years

We’re getting close to the end of our yearlong celebration of the City’s 185th Anniversary. As Veteran’s Day approaches, this month’s Anniversary article takes a look back at the veterans of St. Charles.

According to a newspaper article from November 7, 1918, word of the end of World War I (the War to end all wars) prompted celebrations and marches down Main Street from 5th Street to 5th Avenue. When the official armistice was reached on November 11, celebrations again broke out and St. Charles Mayor Edwin Hunt proclaimed the day a holiday. All stores and offices were closed.

185th Anniversary Photo Contest Winner Announced

Photo will be featured on the 2019 City of St. Charles Christmas Card

A few months ago as part of our 185th Anniversary celebration, we launched a photo contest to choose a photo to feature on the cover of the 2019 City of St. Charles Christmas card. We received 21 entries, which were reviewed by the St. Charles Arts Council. Thanks to all who submitted photos. There were so many good ones to choose from!

The Women's Vote has a History in St. Charles

The fight for women's right to vote took activists decades to accomplish. Illinois became first state east of the Mississippi where women could vote with the passage of the Illinois Suffrage Act of 1913. It allowed women to vote for presidential candidates, mayor, aldermen and most other local offices, but not for governor, state representatives or members of Congress. This is sometimes referred to as "partial suffrage." Some years later, the 19th Amendment to the U.S.

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