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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 the site of Susan Blow's Des Peres School, founded in 1873 as the first publicly funded Kindergarten in the United States. It is also home of the Bouchein 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 presentations, meetings and open houses.

The Carondelet Historical Society is 100% supported by volunteers, generous donations, and membership dues. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click the "Membership" link above (or click here), print and fill out the form, and mail it to us with dues.

We are also always looking for volunteers; if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please call or email us.

Welcome to the

Carondelet Historical Society!

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The Carondelet Historical Society is open on

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm; and Sundays from Noon until 3:00 pm.

Tours can be arranged by calling (314)481-6303 or by emailing us at

Take your picture with "Louis" at the 1873 Susan Blow Kindergarten!

We are participating with the Missouri History Museum and their program, "Picture Yourself in St. Louis History"

CHS is one of 19 St. Louis-area historical societies, museums and sites taking part. The program runs until February 14th, 2016. There is even a photo contest! Visit the "Picture Yourself in St. Louis History" website here for more information

or download the brochure here.