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Running:  April 16, 2016—April 1, 2017

Faces of Sycamore

“Generosity is contagious. People see it in Sycamore, and they just want to jump right in and help out.” This quote is from Mayor Ken Mundy, and really sums up what happens in Sycamore on a regular basis. The Sycamore History Museum has integrated this idea into our current exhibit, “Faces of Sycamore: Our Community, Our Story” to demonstrate how local residents have shaped Sycamore over the years.

This exhibit tells the story of people – from today and yesterday, young and old, men and women, from a variety of backgrounds – all who have made a difference in Sycamore. While the exhibit is a small sampling of people who have shared their talents, we hope that visitors will walk away with ideas about how they can contribute to the place many of us call home. Some of the faces will be familiar such as Wally Thurow, Clifford Danielson, and Yvonne Johnson, while others are less well-known, but they all have service and passion in common.

Don’t forget to check out the Kid Historian videos connected to the exhibit by clicking on these links:

https://vimeo.com/161218137 and https://vimeo.com/161218135


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Posted:  September 28, 2016

Usually, history has a back seat in popular culture. Not thought of as glamorous or important, it is often relegated to the classroom setting despite the best efforts of small and large history organizations. However, this has changed with the arrival of Hamilton the musical. Now I know that I am biased, but I was even shocked when I heard that the story of Alexander Hamilton was the subject of a Broadway hit musical. Opening this week in Chicago, it makes me so happy to see how people are being exposed to new ways that show how history can be fun, entertaining, and educational.

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