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Community Foundation’s 28th Video: History of St. Charles Preserved


An extraordinary video tracing the history of St. Charles, Illinois was just released by the Community Foundation.  The video, which took ten months to produce, is divided into five sections:

  • A Country Town (1833-1880)
  • Building A City (1880-1950)
  • The Gates-Baker-Norris Era (1926-1980)
  • Education (1835-2003)
  • Leisure, Recreation & Parks (1834-2017)

At the request of Tom and Cris Anderson (business and civic leaders of St. Charles) and the St. Charles History Museum, the Community Foundation agreed to produce the video for the purpose of preserving the history and traditions of the city.

Sharon Stredde (former president and CEO of the Community Foundation) researched, authored the script and oversaw the production of the video.

Neal Ormond III (former chairman of the board of the Community Foundation) narrated the video and Adam Vandre (founder and owner of Tetragon Studios) served as the producer.  The Dunham Fund provided financial support for the project.

“We are proud to have played a role in the production of this video which will serve the citizens of St. Charles for many, many generations,” commented Jeff Hartman, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.  “Our sincere thanks go to all of the participants who worked for almost a year to create this impressive documentary.”

Copies of the video are available for purchase from Tetragon Studios.  Please contact the Community Foundation office at (630) 896-7800 for further information.

Follow the links below to view the videos on YouTube:

The Story of St. Charles Part I: A Country Town

The Story of St. Charles Part II: Building A City

The Story of St. Charles Part III: The Gates-Baker-Norris Era

The Story of St. Charles Part IV: Education

The Story of St. Charles Part V: Leisure, Recreation and Parks

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