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    Teaching Youth

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    Defining Paths

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Featured Content
CURRENT EXHIBITION
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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RECENT NEWS
Posted:  March 25, 2015

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” These inspirational words are from Harriet Tubman. Come and hear more on Friday, March 27 as part of the Sycamore History Museum’s Winter Fundraiser, “Harriet Tubman” performed by Pamela Welcome.

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our stories, our history
The inhabitants of Sycamore do not devote themselves exclusively to adding to their wealth and improving their minds and morals. They persist in enjoying life from day to day, and no community of its size has more organizations and clubs and is provided with more facilities for athletics and other forms of wholesome diversion.
Alfred Gordon, Community Editor
Kissinger's Mid-West Review
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