The History Museum

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

Site designed by Locality Studio

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

Carondelet Historical Society


Exhibits + Experiences

We are 100% wheelchair accessible. For accessible entrance, use the side door on Iron Street. 

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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. 



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 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

Sunday May 21, 5:00 p.m. Christy Banquet Center

Banquet: 150th ​Anniversary Celebration 

Sunday July 16, 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Terry Norris, Ph.D., "Mississippi River Archaeology"

September 9 & 10

Museum Program: 150 Years of History, Des Peres School & Susan Blow Kindergarten

The Cleveland Room

Fred Bouchein Research Library

6303 Michigan Avenue

​St. Louis, MO 63111


Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Susan Blow Kindergarten Room

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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.

The Carondelet History Museum and Research Library 

are currently open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and by appointment. 

Carondelet Historical Society