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    Teaching Youth

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    Telling Stories

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    Defining Paths

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Running:  March 21, 2015—March 20, 2016

This exhibit looks at how the railroad impacted people, local businesses, manufacturing companies, and provided amazing opportunities for people in our community.

It all started when the Sycamore & Cortland (S&C), a five-mile spur, line that opened in 1859. It  brought settlers, businesses, and manufacturers to Sycamore, which in-turn brought additional and larger railroad companies to town. In 1883 the Chicago & North Western came to Sycamore, and in 1887 the Chicago Great Western arrived on north side of town. Without this first railroad, the community would have dried up and disappeared, passed over by the progress of the Illinois prairie.

This is a family friendly exhibit that will include a train table, interactives with an old fashioned Sears catalog and much more.

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Posted:  July 22, 2015

Summer is a time for kids to have fun, play, and explore. With the OSCAR day campers from the Sycamore School District, SHM is having a great time seeing these children not only have fun, but learning new things, getting dirty, and getting out of their comfort zone.

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our stories, our history
The everyday experiences of ordinary men, women, and children in countless towns and neighborhoods also helped give shape to the past. Local history, family history, and the history of ethnic communities provide avenues into the history of ordinary people and everyday events.
Fay Metchalf and Matthew T. Downey
Using Local History in the Classroom
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