St. Charles History

The history of our past and the events of today

German Heritage Along the Missouri River

BUS TOUR        Join us for a tour of  GERMAN HERITAGE ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER! On Saturday, August 2, 2014 spend a day with friends visiting historic German sites that share the early German heritage of Missouri! Air Conditioned buses will depart St. Charles at 9 am and visit the only State Historic Park devoted to German heritage, Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri. With guided tours of two historic houses, we experience the daily life and traditions of German immigrants to Missouri as it was in the mid-19th century. In 1836, the German Setttlement Society of Philadelphia was formed to create Deutschheim (German Home), a place where German immigrants could live much as they had in the old country with the freedom to practice their own German traditions and language. We will tour the Pommer-Gentner House, and the Strehly House where Carl Strehly and his partner Eduard Muehl published the German newspaper Der Lichtefreund. 256px-Deutschheim_HSS_20140126-2

images-3Next, we will visit Dutzow, near where author Gottfried Duden lived and wrote his famous book A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America which brought thousands of Germans to Missouri in the 1830s, including the Berlin Society and the Giessen Emigration Society. Here we will have a delicious catered box lunch, and enjoy Blumenhoff Winery in the heart of wine country. After lunch, we will continue to enjoy the first American Viticultural Area – the Missouri Weinstrasse – with a wine tasting at the Munch family winery, Mt. Pleasant in Augusta, Missouri. Throughout the tour historian Dorris Keeven-Franke will share the story of Missouri’s earliest German emigration, on the bus, with the tour ending back in St. Charles at 5pm.

Tickets are only $45 and include all admissions and lunch! To purchase each ticket call 636-465-3842 or contact us with the form below. The bus tour is sponsored by the St. Charles German Heritage Club! smallscghlogo




Celebrate National Trails Day by Stepping Back to 1820…

The Journey begins at the First Missouri State Capitol, and instead of covered wagons, modern day travelers will be transported through time by bus, and travel the first 20 miles of the original Boone’s Lick Trail. It will leave the original route and follow the spur to the historic Boone home, where they will experience frontier life through period demonstrations, hands on activities, early 1800s meal served in an early log cabin, and tour the original Boone home. 

Event partners are Boone’s Lick Road Association

City of Cottleville

Missouri State Parks

The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center

For more information or to register call 636-940-3322

or  email

Participants must register ($75) in advance as space is limited.




Author Mona Hodgson


ImageWhen I first met author Mona Hodgson, I was delighted to meet someone else that loved history as much as I do. I enjoyed her books set in Cripple Creek Colorado, another favorite place, and wondered how she came to want to write about Saint Charles. She explained that a trip many years before had brought her here, and she had never forgotten the experience. We shared stories, and toured local historic “sites” and poured over research at the St. Charles County Historical Society where I worked at the time. 

I’ve had the opportunity to read Mona’s The Quilted Heart, and reading about what had to have been an emotional period in St. Charles history. Filled with landmarks such as Linden Wood Girls School, the farm, and the Mercantile, which I recognized as today’s Lindenwood University, the David Griffith farm, and Peck Bros. Mercantile, it was fun seeing them brought to life in a new way. 

We are so proud of St. Charles, and the fact that it retains so much of its early history, and continues to bring it to life each and every day. We welcome and look forward to Mona’s visit in May, and hope you will too!  If you would like to meet Mona, learn more about her writing, or her interest in history, please join us at one of the following locations:

Wednesday, May 14, Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center  1:00 pm Free but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 636-946-8682. While enjoying tea with Mona, you can enjoy their beautiful quilt exhibit at 1121 N. 2nd St.

Wednesday, May 14  Kathryn Linnemann Library 7:00 pm Free but reservation are necessary so please use this link to the Library

Thursday, May 15 The Foundry Arts Center 12:30 pm Free  She will present her new book series, The Quilted Heart, a collection of books set in Civil War-era St. Charles, with a guest lecture, book signing, and book sale during Grand Lunch.

Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & May 18 1:00-4:00 Mona will be minding the Peck Brothers Mercantile at The First State Capitol on Main Street. Stop by to get your signed copy of one of her books.

Or you can visit Mona any time at










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