St. Charles History Museum Releases Updated Book on City History

St. Charles History Museum Releases Updated Book on City History

Just in time for the holidays, the St. Charles History Museum has published the updated edition of Reflections of St. Charles: An Abridged History. The book documents St. Charles’ more than 185 years of history, from its founding to the present day.

The original version of Reflections, written by freelance writer and volunteer historian Ruth Seen Pearson, was released as part of a celebration of America’s bicentennial in 1976. The book has been updated and annotated by former Museum Vice President and Historic Preservation Commissioner Steve Gibson.

The new edition documents more recent developments in St. Charles history, complete with new photographs from the museum’s collection and footnotes from Editor Steve Gibson, as well as forewords written by St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina and museum staff members.

“It’s been my honor to serve in a couple of capacities as it relates to the history of St. Charles,” Gibson said. “In editing this book, I’ve had the chance to deepen and widen my own knowledge of St. Charles history, and I hope through the publication of this book, I’ll get a chance to impact that history into the future.”

Reflections has been such a key piece of St. Charles history, and the book has been a valuable tool for historical researchers looking to learn more about the city,” said Museum Executive Director Alison Costanzo. “As St. Charles celebrated its 185th anniversary in 2019, we felt it was only fitting to release an updated version as we enter the ‘next chapter’ of our community’s story.”

The book is available in paperback and in digital form on Amazon and Kindle, with a limited number to be available for purchase in the Museum’s Curious Fox Gift Shop, located at 215 E. Main St. in St. Charles.

For more information, contact the St. Charles History Museum at 630-584-6967 or visit

SOURCE: St. Charles History Museum news release