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

The SCCHS Archives at 101 S Main Street. Our hours  are from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We are also open on Saturdays for research by appointment only until further notice. Please call (636) 946-9828 in advance to make a Saturday research reservation. Check our calendar on the left for our Holiday hours and CLOSINGS due to weather.
Research may also be done online (see the Research Page) or by email (see the web contact form). Please watch this website for more information. Thank you and please stay safe.



Our Executive Secretary, Kathy Criswell, is retiring soon. Therefore, the Saint Charles County Historical Society (SCCHS) is seeking a qualified and outgoing person to fill this position. Qualified candidates will:
  • possess excellent interpersonal skills and excel at working in a bustling environment with an ability to multi-task;
  • possess excellent computer skills;
  • be organized and detail oriented:
  • be eager to learn new programs; and
  • have an interest in history.
This position is part-time, salaried, and includes sick time and vacation benefits. For more information about this position and how to apply click HERE.


The American Revolutionary War in the West

Visit the Heritage Museum at 1630 Heritage Landing St. Peters, MO 63303 to view the new exhibit, "The American Revolutionary War in the West," which has never been on display before. The exhibit features rare artifacts, original documents, uniforms, flags and interactive components that explore life in the Mississippi River Valley region during the American Revolutionary War and western contributions to the war. This exhibit gets its name from a new book by St. Louisan Stephen L. Kling Jr. His book and the exhibit focus on the war in the west, which has been largely ignored until recently. Other exhibits throughout the museum delve into the history of St. Charles County during the Colonial era and the War of 1812. Click HERE for more information.


October 2022
Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of the St. Charles County Historical Society:
I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and happy. 
Many things have been going on at the society. Our July Quarterly Luncheon was well attended and those present learned about the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Museum.  We had our usual table in front of the building during the Festival of the Little Hills. Thanks to so many who worked the weekend but Bob Sandfort deserves many thanks for all his (and his family’s) help to make it a success. The September Focus on Genealogy was about that ever-intriguing topic- DNA.  With the opening of the American Revolutionary War in the West exhibit, we have been planning future talks to promote specific groups who are represented in the exhibit.  We held our first talk about the Chickasaw Nation. And, we cannot forget that we have started the Cemetery Tour again.  There are so many interesting people buried in Oak Grove Cemetery that one should learn about.
The board voted on and approved the purchase of much needed new and more efficient computer equipment.  The equipment has arrived and is being installed.  It is believed that with this more efficient and connected equipment, life will be easier for staff and our volunteers and will make it is easier to reach already digitized information.
The long-awaited bench to recognize the service and financial support of Dr. Royce Schierding has arrived.  You can take a walk down Main Street and sit and rest on the bench in front of our building with our dog sitting by your side!!!
Trivia Night is quickly approaching on Saturday, October 15.  If you have not reserved your table, come join us for the fun that night. There is still time to sign up.  Just call the Society.
I know that board member elections are next spring but we are always seeking board members from our general membership.  It has been quite rewarding for me during the different terms that I have served on the board.  Whether a lifelong resident of the county or new to the area but love history, we could use your help.  We meet monthly and have some committee assignments.  Ultimately, our goal is, as it should be, the preservation of the society and its mission which is to foster an understanding and appreciation of all aspects of Saint Charles County history and genealogy.  Please consider stepping up and helping out.  Call the Society at 636-946-9828 for more info or contact me at 636-946-2820.
If you would like to help but making a commitment for a one-time event, consider volunteering to read the articles from the past year to select the one that will be recognized by the Society at the General Membership meeting in April.  If you are a retired teacher or interested in history and would like to help out with this, please contact us.
I hope to see you at the Archives.
Joan  Koechig

New Research Resources!

We are frequently adding fresh content to the website!  Check out the RESEARCH page to find new and updated indices.


Business Members

Our business friends support SCCHS. Please support them. For information about ALL of our business members click HERE.

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March 21
Focus on Genealogy
The St. Charles County Historical Society Presents:     “THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY” - AN EVENING TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR WEBSITE.   Tuesday, March 21, 2023 7:00-8:30 pm   Facilitator: SCCHS Board member ...

April 15
Annual Family History Workshop
Join us for our   FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP DAY on "Doing Your German Research" taught by Baerbel Johnson   Presented by: St. Charles County Historical Society In cooperation with:    St. Charles Community College   Saturday, April 15, 2023 at the ...