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    Teaching Youth

    to become community leaders

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    Telling Stories

    that reflect individual lives

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    Joining Schools

    to connect students with history

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    Defining Paths

    that lead to a shared future

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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:  April 15, 2015

I am a very lucky person. I get to work with people that not only love coming to the Museum on a regular basis, but they do so with passion and enthusiasm. These are my volunteers! I am the only staff person and I am part-time. The volunteers at SHM make our organization’s successes possible. The list of talents they share is endless, but here are a few words to describe our volunteers: organizing, gardening, researching, building, cleaning, presenting, smiling, coffee making and cookie bringing, laughing, and blogging.

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