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    Teaching Youth

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    Telling Stories

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    Joining Schools

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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:  August 13, 2015

I have been a volunteer at the Sycamore History Museum since August 2014 and I vividly remember my first event. The first event that I volunteered for was the American English Fall 2014 fundraising event. I had never heard of the Sycamore History Museum before that experience, but I met the other volunteers, and I […]

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our stories, our history
Sycamore is one of a group of small Illinois county seats that have survived the vicissitudes of the 20th Century with both the fabric and the sense of their earlier history virtually intact.
Comments from the National Register about Sycamore's Historic District proposal
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