- Editor’s Note: This article is part of a weekly series on Kane County’s amazing history. Today’s article was submitted by Denise Blaszynski, programs and public relations coordinator for the St. Charles Public Library.
Doughboys became the most enduring nickname for the troops of soldiers who cross the Atlantic to join the Allied armies fighting on the Western Front in World War I.
On Tuesday (March 6, 2018), the St. Charles Public Library and the St. Charles History Museum will bring those soldiers to life in a presentation titled “American Doughboys in World War I.”
The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carnegie Community Room of the St. Charles Public Library, 1 South Sixth Ave. in St. Charles.
Military author Robert Mueller reviews America’s participation in “the war to end all wars” as he takes you on a trip across the battlefields of Northern France to describe the events, people, and places of America’s contribution to the defeat of the German Kaiser.
Mueller performed his military service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam era. He has received four national book awards including a Bronze Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. He holds advanced degrees in physics from the University of Illinois and in business administration from Lake Forest College.
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Upcoming Events at the St. Charles History Museum
The St. Charles History Museum will be open during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade featuring a festive craft, refreshments, cookies, and unique gift shop items.
Face painter Kim will be creating festive art between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for $1 per piece.
The St. Patrick’s Parade, hosted annually in Downtown St. Charles, has become a family tradition. Thousands of people of all ages line Main Street to watch the antics of cheerful leprechauns, listen to award-winning local marching bands, watch the elaborate and colorful floats glide down the street, pay tribute to the walking units of veterans, hear the melodic strains of the Celtic pipe bands, and see all the best that St. Charles has to offer.
The parade steps off at 2 p.m. each year at Main and 6th Street. The route continues down Main Street and concludes at 4th Avenue.