Carondelet Historical Society

Sunday May 15 | 1:30 p.m.

Molly Butterworth as she presents her new book:  “Trains and Trolley’s: Railroads and Streetcars in St. Louis.”

Sunday, June 12 1:30 p.m.
Ed Wheatley, as he discusses his new book:  “Wrestling at the Chase”

The Cleveland Room

Exhibits + Experiences

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Fred Bouchein Research Library

6303 Michigan Avenue

​St. Louis, MO 63111


Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


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Free Admission!

The library contains records of the village of Carondelet, microfilm records of US Censuses, books on St. Louis and Missouri history, early maps, and much more. 

Upcoming Events


Susan Blow Kindergarten Room


Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-12pm​​

Preserving and presenting the heritage of Carondelet

The first public kindergarten in the United States. First year enrollment at the school included 42 students. The room has been refurbished to its exact history.

6303 Michigan Avenue

​St. Louis, MO 63111

The museum includes a Heritage Room featuring furnishings from the 19th to early 20th centuries, a "Street of Stores" featuring toys, tools, and consumer goods, and many more smaller exhibits.

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

The History Museum

Carondelet Historical Society

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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 Form" link above, 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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the General Membership Meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 20 has been postponed.  We will send out notifications when the meeting is rescheduled.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Our book presentation by Molly Butterworth for her new book, “Trains & Trolleys: Railroads and Streetcars in St. Louis”, originally scheduled for January 16, has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 15.  More information will be sent out soon.

We are open for business with limited hours. 

We are currently open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and by appointment. 

Due to staff shortages, please call before coming to visit!