Join the Friends of Missouri’s First State Capitol each month on the Third Thursday as we bring you St. Charles History “Talks”. The evening discussion with a historian with topics ranging from the German Heritage to the Civil War to the First Four Governors. At 7 pm in the rear residence of Chauncey Shepard, at the State Historic Site which is 200 S. Main, we enjoy a look at the history that shaped St. Charles. Please join us! A $10 donation will provide you with a membership in the Friends of Missouri’s First State Capitol so that you can enjoy a quarterly newsletter and other membership perks! The evenings are sponsored by the Friends of Missouri’s First State Capitol, a Friends group whose purpose is to educate, promote and help preserve Missouri First State Capitol State Historic Site, and currently working on obtaining their 501C.3 status.
Upcoming programs in 2018:
April 19, 2018 – Dr. Jeff Smith, Rural Cemetery Movement Dr. Jeffrey Smith of Lindenwood University talks about the Rural Cemetery Movement and how St. Charles fits into this paradigm. “Rural” cemeteries broke conventional notions of burials and graveyards and showed a new way for people to mourn surrounded by the beauty of a landscaped cemetery.
May 17, 2018 – Dr. Thomas Gubbels, “Lifting Missouri Out of the Mud” Join Dr. Thomas Gubbels, Associate Professor of History at Lincoln University, for a presentation on the Missouri Highway System in the 20th century. Topics of this program include the creation of the Missouri State Highway Department and political resistance to road construction, as well as discussions of Missouri’s Centennial Road Law and the state’s role in the creation of Route 66 and the interstate highway system.
June 21, 2018 – Theresa Graff, Rose Philippine Duchesne The Shrine of Saint Phi IIi pine Duchesne in St. Charles, Missouri is a lasting tribute to the French missionary who brought formalized education and a zeal for sharing the Catholic religion to the Missouri Frontier. Canonized in 1988, this incredible woman is memorialized at the shrine here in St. Charles. Join the site’s archivist, Theresa Grass in exploring the fascinating work of St. Phillipine Duchesne
July 19, 2018 – Sarah Cato – 56″ United States Colored Infantry (Union) Join historian, Sarah Cato, JD to explore St. Charles’ role in the famous 56″ United States Colored Infantry during the Civil War. Ms. Cato will also share the process she went through to get the troop properly memorialized in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
August 16, 2018 – Justin Watkins, American Car and Foundry Have you ever wondered why Main Street dead ends at Clark Street? Justin Watkins will present the history of the American Car and Foundry. Along the way, we will meet some of the most famous employees and learn about ACF’s role in the St. Charles economy from its days as St. Charles Car Company up to World War II.
September 20, 2018 – Slave Dwelling Project Join members of the Slave Dwelling Project and the African American Genealogical Society to learn about their work in restoring, preserving and studying extant slave dwellings in the United States. Learn about identifying these properties and what you can do in your community to save them.
October 18, 2018 – Victoria Cosner, St. Charles County’s own Serial Killer In 1940, Wentzville housewife, Emma Hepperman, was arrested for killing her husband, Tony Hepperman. Her husband of just over a month ingested arsenic. The investigation that resulted showed that Emma had killed at least five of her seven husbands, plus some more family members, mostly from eating her “famous” potato soup. Join Victoria Cosner to learn more about this fascinating and frightening piece of St. Charles history.