Remember Cleveland High School by viewing memorabilia like uniforms, yearbooks, and photos, while embracing historic school pride. 

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Our organization is dedicated to perpetuating the heritage of our unique community: Carondelet, Missouri, formerly an independent village, town and city and now a neighborhood of St. Louis.

​Our building and museum is located in Des Peres School, founded in 1873 and as the first publicly funded Kindergarten in the United States. It is also home of the Fred Bouchein Research Library, one of the finest historical libraries and archives in the region.

Be sure to visit our "Events" page to view a calendar of upcoming events, presentations, meetings and open houses.

The Carondelet Historical Society is supported by volunteers, generous donations, and membership dues. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click the "Membership" tab above. You can also renew your membership online or by phone, or you can mail your check to Carondelet Historical Society 6303 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111.

We are always looking for volunteers to share their diverse talents and interests! If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please call 314-481-6303; or email

The museum includes a "Heritage Room" featuring domestic furnishings from the 19th to early 20th centuries, a "Memory Lane Room" featuring toys, tools, and consumer goods, and many more smaller exhibits throughout he building.

Carondelet Historical Society

Exhibits + Experiences

Fred Bouchein Research Library

6303 Michigan Avenue

​St. Louis, MO 63111


Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Carondelet Historical Society is hosting our annual Christmas Party open house on Saturday December 2nd. This will coincide with the annual holiday event from Historic Saint Louis, "A Spirited Holiday Past, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Set up a tour today:


Free Admission!

The library contains records of the village of Carondelet, city directories, microfilms of local newspapers, books on St. Louis and Missouri history, early maps, and much more. 

Upcoming Events

Susan Blow Kindergarten Room


Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-2pm​​

Preserving and Presenting the Heritage of Carondelet

The Carondelet Historical Society

was organized in 1967 as a 501(c)(3) corporation by a group of residents and civic leaders in the Carondelet area. We are located in the historic Des Peres School, established in 1873 & listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

The site of the first public kindergarten in the United States. First year enrollment at the school included 42 students. The room has been refurbished to look exactly as it did in 1876 and contains some of Froebel's early "Gifts of Occupation."

6303 Michigan Avenue

​St. Louis, MO 63111

The Cleveland Room

The History Museum

Carondelet Historical Society

Set up a tour today:


If you require an accessible entrance, please park on Iron Street and enter through the side door. 

The Carondelet Historical Society is 100% wheelchair accessible with a wheelchair lift and an elevator that goes to all three floors.

December 2, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.

"A Spirited Holiday Past" open house in collaboration with Historic Saint Louis