St. Charles County Historical Society
Old Market House
101 South Main Street
St. Charles, Missouri 63301
(636) 946-9828
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Welcome to the St. Charles County Historical Society
Come and visit us at the Historical Society!
We are located in the Old Market House at 101 South Main Street in Historic Downtown St. Charles, Missouri.  We are open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. except on Holidays and on Saturdays when we have our Quarterly Luncheon meetings. Check our CALENDAR to verify the days we are open.
 
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JANUARY 2019 QUARTERLY MEETING
 
The January 29th quarterly meeting of the St. Charles County Historical Society featured a presentation about the development of the so-called TNT plant near Weldon Spring by Dr. Dan Brown, former President of the Board of Directors. A very large crowd was intrigued to learn how the area was taken over by the US Government for munitions work in the early 1940s, and the hardship and displacement this activity caused.  Dan prefaced this with background of how area residents had seen such a bright future with the coming of electrical service, better roads and the new Weldon Spring Bridge over the Missouri River. All that future well-being was quickly taken from them when the 18,000 acres where their homes, farms and businesses were located, some for more than a hundred years, was confiscated by eminent domain. Dan described in detail the hardship these residents endured and the short time they were given to move away. Many in the audience had relatives who were impacted and some remembered the trauma to which their families were subjected. Dan used newspaper accounts and other documentation to clearly illustrate how the plan for the TNT area came together and the limited notice the residents received about the plan. Pictures were shown of how the homes of the former residents were destroyed by disassembly or burning. Dan completed the talk with a further discussion of the conversion of the former TNT plant to nuclear materials processing, and its final complete shut-down and disposition. It was a fascinating talk and very much enjoyed by the people in attendance.    To see a slide show of Dr. Brown's presentation CLICK HERE.
 
We hope to see everyone in April at our NEXT QUARTERLY MEETING.



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UPSTAIRS FLOOR/CARPET PROJECT UPDATE
 
The carpet and floor project was completed in time to meet the deadline of November 1, set by the City of St. Charles when they issued a $5,000 grant toward the cost of the project.  The damaged area along the north wall was found to be a bit more extensive than initially thought since the old carpet didn’t allow a good inspection of the area prior to its removal.  Old termite damage that must have occurred well before the Society moved into the building extended some twelve feet into the room and for a distance of at least eight feet along the wall.  There had apparently been a water leak there at some time in the past and termites entered.  The Society notified its termite inspection and remediation service and no current termite activity was found.  The additional work to repair the floor added about another $1,500 to the cost of the project, but it was still completed in sufficient time to achieve the November 1 deadline.  Thanks are due to all who contributed some $8,800 dollars toward the project.  The Society appreciates the support!  All the files, books, boxes and other records that had to be removed temporarily are now being restored to their proper shelf location.  To see a slide show of the project CLICK HERE.
 
Contributions can still be made by calling the Archives at (636) 946-9828.  Of course your contribution is tax deductible since the Society is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity.
 





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UPCOMING EVENTS
April 27
“Louis Blanchette: A Biography and his Founding of St. Charles”
(The ALL OCCASION BANQUET CENTER is right behind the Hampton Inn at Cave Spring) Our speaker will be Louis Launer, SCCHS Board Member and Saturday Lead Researcher   Louis will be telling us about “Louis Blanchette: A Biography and ...

May 14
May 2018 Focus on Genealogy Presentation
    "Getting The Most Out Of The Familysearch.Org Website"   Presenter:  Bob Goode – Information Director for the St. Louis Genealogical Society and co-leader of the Society’s Salt Lake City Family History Library research trips.   Free and open ...