As the City of St. Charles celebrates its 185th Anniversary year, this month we are focusing on our City’s connections to the Civil War.
Happy 185th Anniversary 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.
Schoolchildren scuffle near the Fox River, a high school is built, and the dedication of two sisters to their work are all a part of the rich history of education in the City of St. Charles.
West Side v. East Side
The history of Pottawatomie Park dates back over 180 years. The land was first purchased by Calvin Ward in 1834, and the property belonged to his family for many years until developers started to take interest during the late 1880s. They sought out the property for its natural beauty and could easily picture a resort, hotel, and park in its place. A pavilion was built on the edge of the river in 1892, but the plans for a resort never went much further.
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!
When you head down to Pottawatomie Park to enjoy St. Charles’ 4th of July Celebration, know that you are continuing a longstanding community tradition. We’re celebrating the City’s 185th Anniversary and wanted to share a few images form past 4th of July celebrations. What are some of your earliest memories of celebrating the holiday in St. Charles? Let us know! Photos courtesy of the St. Charles History Museum.