Meet Our Tour Guides
The Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau is fortunate to have a wonderful staff of tour guides. Working in period dress, these folks will entertain your group with important historical information and a unique glimpse into Saint Charles' early days.
When your motorcoach group overnights in Saint Charles, one of our guides, in period dress, will give you a complimentary step-on tour. These tours must be scheduled in advance. Please contact one of our Group Travel Sales Staff to arrange your tour.
We invite you to learn more about our tour guides below.
A resident of St. Charles since 1978, Jeanette recalls answering a newspaper ad calling for docents on historic Main Street. Now some 20 years later, she recalls fondly how answering this request was one of her best moves ever. "St. Charles history is fascinating," she said. "I thoroughly enjoy giving tours, for I meet many interesting people and always learn something new about little known facts surrounding the state of Missouri, the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and, more specifically, St. Charles."
Marilyn's roots span the country starting in south central Pennsylvania. After residing on the East Coast, she experienced the West Coast in California and the deep South having resided for a time in Alabama and Louisiana. She holds a bachelor of science in English and education from Millersville University (PA), and has worked in a variety of educational and business capacities. A resident of St. Charles since 1981, Marilyn has been a tour guide for more than 15 years. Married for over 40 years, she and her husband have three sons. Her current passion involves visiting all of our nation's National Parks. "Also on my ‘to-do' list is to visit one or two parks in Canada," she said.
Born in northwestern St. Charles County, Agnes lived in Shreveport, Louisiana for several years as a young adult. When she and her husband moved back to St. Charles, they purchased a home and joined St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. "I primarily taught 4th grade at the Borromeo school, amassing some 36 years," she said. "During that time, I taught a unit on Native Americans, explorers, and the early settlers in St. Charles, and also had an opportunity to give students a walking tour of Main Street." In her retirement, Agnes volunteered for the tourism office, and in 2009 she became a tour guide.
Rich graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MIZ-ZOU!) with degrees in history and Russian and is a certified high school and middle school social studies teacher. "My hospitality and tourism experience includes positions with Vail Resorts and Morton's steakhouses," he said. Rich lives in St. Charles with his wife and daughter and loves sharing local history with school classes, family outings, and tour groups alike.
Kris has a wide range of experience having worked in the travel industry for over 20 years. In fact, she's spent over 15 years on staff at Funjet Vacations, located at Lambert International Airport, assisting passengers departing on vacation. Her travel interests tie directly into being a tour guide on Main Street, where she has a special affinity for the annual Christmas Traditions festival. "I'm still amazed," she said, "that we have visitors from around the world!" A resident of St. Charles, Kris has four children and two grandsons. In her spare time, she loves to travel.
Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Mary's family moved to Northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C. with the Boeing Company, then settled in Seattle, Washington. "I developed a passion for history with each and every move wanting to know more about the area in which I lived," she said. That passion and excitement carries over into her work at the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Having moved to Missouri in 2010, Mary immediately delved into St. Charles history first starting off as a volunteer in the tourism office, and just a few months later joining the city's ranks as a full-fledged, costumed tour guide.