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If you’ve been in and around the St. Clair Historical Museum during the past 15 months, you’ve probably heard the hammering, sanding, pounding, power washing, and general reconstruction of the entire Museum. 

It all started with the Museum’s acquisition of a room full of 250-year-old, hand-carved English red oak paneling that was purchased in England by St. Clair businessman and man-about-town George Gordon Moore in 1910 then installed in Belle Reve, his 1892 mansion on North Riverside.  The paneling and its 11-ft high fireplace has come home to St. Clair.  We’ve rebuilt and modernized the Museum around the paneling by featuring it in a special Belle Reve room that will be a great photo opportunity as well as a place to admire the intricate hand-carved wood coats-of-arms and figure heads.

We’re planning a gala open house in June (watch this space for the exact date and time).  We will be “cutting the ribbon” on the exciting Belle Reve Room as well as opening the renovated Museum with fresh displays, artifacts and audio-visual, interactive stories. 

Have fun exploring St. Clair’s history as well as its unique connection to cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and New York.  Come and have your picture taken with George.  Wander through a typical Great Lakes freighter captain’s bedroom, or watch an entire lake disappear into a Diamond Crystal salt mine.  And as always, we will be open to help you explore your St. Clair family history.

George is inviting you to join us in June.  Keep watching for the date and time on this site or on our Facebook page.  St. Clair Historical Museum.