St. Charles History Museum Reopens To Small Groups Amid Pandemic

Jason Addy

ST. CHARLES, IL — History lovers desperate to reconnect with the area’s past after months of lockdown can rent out the St. Charles History Museum after it reopened to the public. The museum is scheduling private sessions for groups of up to 10 people at no charge, though a small donation is suggested.

Groups can make appointments to visit the Jack and Kathy Brens Exhibit Hall for an hour at a time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, according to a news release. The museum’s gift shop has also reopened to customers without need to make an appointment, the release states.

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The museum is currently displaying the “Booming Business in the Beauty Spot of the Fox Valley” exhibit, which showcases the history of local business and industry and how that influenced St. Charles’ growth, the release states. The exhibit will remain on display until August.

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The St. Charles History Museum altered its summer plans, bringing back its Junior Historians program through virtual events posted on the museum’s social media pages. Museum officials are also planning a “History Happy Hour Cruise” aboard the St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats on July 23 to celebrate the opening of a new pop-up exhibit honoring the 75th anniversary of the introduction of paddleboats, the release states. The exhibit will be on display in the atrium of the Pottawatomie Community Center.

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The museum also plans to restart its “Music at the Museum” program on Aug. 15 with a performance by local folk duo Make It a Double, the release states. The group will perform on the museum’s front patio. Tickets are being sold for $20 each, with two drinks and appetizers included, the release states.

Anyone who is interested in visiting the museum can make an appointment by calling (630) 584-6967.

This article originally appeared on the St. Charles Patch