Happy 185th Anniversary St. Charles!

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

The Story of Pottawatomie Park: The State’s 1st Public Park under New Parks Act?

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.

July 4th Celebrations Thru the Years

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.

Women's Clubs an Important Part of St. Charles History

It's Mother’s Day we are looking back at the St. Charles Mothers’ Club, which was one of the many Women’s clubs that were vibrant during the 20s and 30s. Founded in 1924, this active club participated in many community service projects that focused on promoting better health for children and educating mothers in childcare. This included raising money for the hospital nursery, landscaping the exterior of the Henry Rockwell Baker Memorial Community Center, and more. Ruth Ericson, Dellora Norris, and Althea Potter were some of the club’s founding members.

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