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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.

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.

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!

In conjunction with the United Federation of Doll Clubs holding their annual convention in St. Louis from August 2 thru August 6, the Carondelet Historical Society is hosting a doll exhibit/sale. 
The hours are from 9:00 am to 1:00 Tuesday Aug 2 thru Friday Aug 5 
For more information, please contact us at 314-481-6303 or

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Fred Bouchein Research Library

6303 Michigan Avenue

​St. Louis, MO 63111

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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 History Museum

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

The Cleveland Room

Exhibits + Experiences


Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


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Carondelet Historical Society

Carondelet Historical Society

Sunday, June 12 1:30 p.m.
Ed Wheatley, as he discusses his new book: 

“Wrestling at the Chase”

Sunday, July 17 1:30 p.m.
Patrick Murphy, as he discusses his new book: 
“The Irish in St. Louis”