ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles History Museum announced the unveiling of its “Save Our History” COVID-19 Community Collection and Fund, a new initiative aimed at collecting local stories about the impacts and experiences of COVID-19 in St. Charles, as well as raising money to support the History Museum during its temporary shutdown.

St. Charles residents and business owners are encouraged to share stories and photos of how they have adapted their lifestyles and their general experiences in the midst of COVID-19. The museum aims to put together a display of signs of support and messages from the general public to pay tribute to frontline essential workers and those affected by the historic pandemic.

Donated items and messages will be displayed in one of the museum’s exterior display windows visible from Main Street and shared on the museum’s social media. Residents and businesses also are encouraged to contribute financial donations to help sustain museum operations, and all donors will be recognized as part of the display and on the museum website.

“There is no understating the historical significance of the times we are living through now,” said St. Charles History Museum Executive Director Lindsay Judd. “But we want to show future generations how our city was able to rally and help each other during such extraordinary circumstances.”

“We have already seen a tremendous outpouring of support in our community, not just for our museum, but for our neighbors all around St. Charles,” said Museum Board President Mike Corbett. “We hope that through this display, we can capture that generosity and community spirit and contribute something back to St. Charles.”

Stories, photos and donations can be submitted at www.stcmuseum.org/saveourhistory. For more information, contact the museum at 630-584-6967 or email info@stcmuseum.org.