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What to see how history can be fun and educational? Check out these Kid Historian videos, and then stopy by our new exhibit “Faces of Sycamore.”

Steph Forsberg:

Bill Lenschow:

Michelle Schultz:


A big thank you to OC Image Works who made this video possilble.

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Location:  1730 N. Main Street
Time:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free/Donations welcome

Join the Sycamore History Museum on Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 to make old-fashion apple cider. This is the seventh year the Sycamore History Museum has made apple cider, and it is always a big hit. The Museum will also be open  for tours (regular admission fees apply).

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Location:  475 DeKalb Ave, DeKalb County Community Foundation, Freight Room
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Cost:  $5 Per Person

The Sycamore residential area contains more than 200 buildings which record the radical style change that developed in late 19th to early 20th century known as the Queen Anne style. On Wednesday, October 18, Sycamore resident and architectural historian, Dr. Richard M. Cooler, will lead an illustrated lecture on Victorian architectural style that many Sycamore residents chose for their homes. Those who attend the program will be able to walk away with the skills to identify Queen Anne homes in Sycamore and in other communities.

This radical architectural style as well as new processes for home construction was possible due to new building products being available over the recently constructed railroads that connected Sycamore to manufacturing plants throughout the country. The accessibility to these novel products was advertised by local builders who constructed model homes for display on floats during parades. Also, and most importantly, companies such as Sears and Roebuck provided access through massive mail order catalogues which offered plans, parts, hardware, furniture, and even, entire pre-cut homes – all available by rail. The consequent increase in demand allowed for these innovative plans and parts to be purchased and delivered for affordable prices and thus were incorporated into a wide range of Sycamore homes from 1880-1915.

“We are honored to have Dr. Cooler share his knowledge about Queen Anne homes. The Sycamore History Museum receives many calls related to local architecture, and this is a great opportunity to share information about our community’s history,” explained Michelle Donahoe, Executive Director.

The program will take place on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Freight Room. There is a $5 charge for the program. For more information please call 815-895-5762 or visit


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Location:  Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main Street
Time:  10:00 a.m.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Museum’s Pumpkin Fest Historic Tour of Homes, a training session will take place on Saturday, October 21. Please call the museum to sign up or for more information. Shifts are for about 2 1/2 hours, and include a FREE ticket to the House Walk.

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Location:  See addresses above
Time:  10:00 - 5:00
Cost:  $25 per person/$40 pair

The theme of the 2017 Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour is “Porches of Sycamore!” As many of Sycamore’s historic homes have beautiful historic porches, this year we are going to celebrate this beautiful feature, as well as each home’s role in Sycamore history. In addition, tours will include complete interiors of these homes.

The homes featured on this year’s tour include: 229 South Main, 519 South Main, 912 Somonauk, 423 South California, 321 West High, 706 DeKalb Ave, and the Sycamore History Museum at 1730 N. Main Street. The porches and homes will be open for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, October 28.

Tickets are $25 per person/$40 a pair. Advance available at the Sycamore History Museum and Sweet Earth the week of Pumpkin Fest. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the House Walk at any of the participating homes. For more information please call 815-895-5762

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