Events & Programs
Location:  on-line
Time:  all day

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:  DeKalb County Community Foundation's Freight Room, 475 DeKalb Ave
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Cost:  $5 per person

“Get Illinois OUT OF THE MUD !!”
The Remarkable Clamor for Good Roads and Highways with Names

The highways systems in Illinois are only 100 years old and were born as the result of fierce debates and an incessant clamor for “Good Roads.”  From the 1890s until World War I, there is a fascinating combination of stories about road-building, named highways, and the “Good Roads” movement.
Before interstates and federal highways were distinguished by numbers—Route 30 or  I-55, for instance—these roads were christened with colorful names.  The Lincoln, Dixie, and Mississippi Valley Highways, and the Alton Way, Swastika Trail, and Corn Belt Route were all memorable roads that carried people across the state. From 1913 on, these were among the 51 named highways developed in Illinois.   Hear about the creation of these named highways and the eventual numbering systems for our roads.

This program will be presented by Larry McClellan. He has had a distinguished career. Most recently, he was selected by the Illinois Humanities Council for 2013-14 as an Illinois “Roads Scholar” lecturer on the history of Illinois highways.   In retirement, his consulting, research and writing focus on historic highways, the Underground Railroad in Illinois, and on regional history south of Chicago.   Each year he helps lead a two-week motorcycle tour on Route 66 across America.

He came to Sycamore last year and presented his program on Freedom Seekers in Northern Illinois.

This program is made possible by the Mary E. Steven Concert and Lecture Fund.

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Location:  1730 N. Main Street
Time:  10:00 - 3:00

This is the last day the award winning exhibit “Faces of Sycamore” will be on display.

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Location:  DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, IL
Time:  12:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free/Donations welcome

Join SHM on Thursday, April 6 to learn more about the upcoming exhibit. Michelle Donahoe, Executive Director will share stories about immigration, education, expeditions, and military in this new display. She will also discuss some of the the fun interactives making this an experience for the whole family.

Photo: Georgia Townsend Yates and Capt. Jack Yates.

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Location:   1730 N Main Street
Time:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free for members and children under 12, Adults $5

Join us in celebrating our newest exhibit, “Adventures to and from Sycamore” on Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Date:  Thursday, May 4
Location:  on-line and DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.
Time:  12:01 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

Give DeKalb County is a 24 hour fundraising event happening on May 4th! From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., you can make an online donation to the local nonprofit organization(s) of your choice. Here at the Sycamore History Museum, we are proud to be participating in this giving day. Hopefully you keep us in mind on May 4th and decide to donate. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and extremely beneficial to the museum.

Link to our Give DeKalb County webpage: Donations can also be made in person at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave in Sycamore.



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