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St. Charles to celebrate 180th birthday

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 11:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 3, 2014 6:29 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles invites the public to a celebration Monday for its 180th anniversary.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles. Mayor Ray Rogina will deliver some brief remarks, and cake and ice cream sundaes will be served courtesy of Blue Goose Market and Colonial Cafe and Ice Cream.

“It’s a great way to celebrate our rich heritage and our bright future,” City Administrator Mark Koenen said Friday.

Koenen said the last big celebration that he remembers in his 32 years at the city was for the 150th anniversary. In 1984, the city had a multiple-day celebration that included a parade. Monday’s event will be a smaller-scale affair.

The city has invited past St. Charles mayors to join the celebration. On the way in, visitors will see the St. Charles Heritage Center’s historical exhibits in the display windows of the St. Charles Municipal Center. The exhibits include images of 19th century downtown St. Charles, Koenen said.

Call 630-762-7097 or send email to RSVP@stcharlesil.gov for reservations to Monday’s event.

To read articles highlighting the city’s 180th anniversary, visit www.stcharlesil.gov/den.

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