Welcome to the

Carondelet Historic Center!

Come to the home of the Carondelet Historical Society! Our building and museum is the site of Susan Blow's Des Peres School, founded in 1873 as the first publicly funded Kindergarten in the United States!

CHS Membership Meeting & Open House featuring "Celebrating Centuries of St. Louis Anniversaries," a presentation by

Professor J. Frederick Fausz

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Fred Fausz received his Ph.D. in Early American History, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, at the College of William and Mary.  He came to UMSL in 1991 as a history professor and founding dean of the Pierre Laclede Honors College.

During the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, Fred drove his “Museum on Wheels” over 13,000 miles to give show-and-tell public lectures in six states and organized an international fur trade conference in St. Louis. Three of his many essays have won “best article” awards from historical societies in Missouri, Virginia, and Maryland.  In 2007, he received the Missouri Governor’s Award in the Humanities for his work in Community Heritage and, in 2011, he  won UMSL’s top prize for teaching excellence. Fred’s 2011 book, Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West, was named one of the best books of the year by the Post-Dispatch and is in its third printing.  His lavishly illustrated anniversary volume, Historic St. Louis:  250 Years Exploring New Frontiers, will be available for purchase following his presentation.


There will be refreshments.


-Sunday, September 14th:  Open House begins at noon, Meeting and Presentation to begin at 1:30

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