The St. Charles County Historical Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2016 – its diamond jubilee! It is the Society’s intention to honor the 201 past and present Board of Directors members who have guided the Society so well since its beginning. Their names have been presented in the publications of the Society by decade over the past nine months. In addition, a permanent plaque listing these people will be mounted and hung at the Society archives.
The occasion of the Society’s 60th Anniversary was used as an opportunity to raise $60,000 – one thousand dollars for each year of its existence – to purchase needed equipment so as better to serve its patrons. Among the items that are being purchased are a modern microfilm reader and overhead scanner that will interface with modern storage media, a large-format flatbed scanner plus several new computers to upgrade our storage and search capabilities, a steel horizontal flat file storage system and a modular art panel system. Grants were applied for from history and archives-related organizations, plus friends and members of the Society were asked to contribute financially to this effort. Contributions of all kinds were sought, particularly, cash memorials in honor of one or more of the past members of the Board of Directors. In addition to cash contributions, in-kind contributions, gifts of stock and legacy bequests as part of estate plans were sought.
An all-out effort was made to increase our membership, particularly among younger people. Everyone was urged to become a part of the celebratory year by talking to friends and neighbors about the benefits of belonging to this fine organization. In addition to preserving the vital historical records of St. Charles County, the Society conserves these records and makes them readily available to its patrons, even in some cases searchable on line. For the benefit of its members, the Society publishes a quarterly journal, The St. Charles County Heritage, that presents articles of historical interest related to the county. In the intervening months a newsletter is published that highlights the Society’s activities and spotlights its collections as well as featuring historical books that can be purchased from the Society.
The Society did not hold its October Quarterly Luncheon meeting or its regular fund-raising activities during 2016 -- such as the house tour and trivia night -- so as to concentrate on ACTIVITIES related to the celebration of its diamond jubilee. Much more information on the financial results of our Diamond Jubilee will be published as we wrap up a successful campaign.