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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:  September 23, 2015

The Sycamore History Museum is pleased to announce that for the sixth year in a row we have been recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) for our exhibits. “Connecting a Community: How One Railroad Shaped a Small Town” opened in March and has a series of related programing to help people understand how a five mile spur line really changed Sycamore’s history.

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The Midweek, May 6, 1987
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