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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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Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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