Events & Programs
April
27
Location:  on-line
Time:  all day
Cost:  

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: https://vimeo.com/161218137

Bill Lenschow: https://vimeo.com/161218135

Michelle Schultz: https://vimeo.com/163004889

 

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

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Jun
13
Date:  Tuesday, June 13
Location:  Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main Street
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Cost:  Suggested $5 donation

UPDATE: We have an air conditioning unit in the garage for tonigh’t program.

Until the Second Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century, warfare was conducted in much the same way for centuries: open field charges, trench and hand-to-hand combat, and carnage from disease and infections often outnumbering battlefield casualties. The length of wars was often determined by the amount of limited ammunition and men available.

But with the modern firepower revolution, more efficient transportation, the dawn of air machines and chemical weapons, wars would take on a previously unimaginable potential for horror and devastation. Shortly after the Second World War commenced, Winston Churchill warned of the dangers of “perverted science” in warfare. He rightly saw World War I as the prelude of what was to come.

In this presentation, Dr. Penelope Blake will examine World War I as the first modern war, and look at a number of the ways modern inventions, initially designed for the good of mankind, would indeed be perverted towards it destruction.

Dr. Penelope Blake has been a professor of humanities and World War II culture for three decades. She has authored two books on the Women’s Army Corp in World War II. In 2005, she was named Faculty of the Year at Rock Valley College and Most Distinguished Alumnus from Northern Illinois University. She has completed post-doctoral coursework in Impressionism and wartime art at the University of Chicago and Northwestern. In 2010 she was among 25 American scholars selected to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the Pacific War at the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Blake is currently writing a book on Japan’s current political agenda to deny and erase its war crimes during World War II.

The program will take place at the Sycamore History Museum.

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JUN
15
Location:  Sycamore History Museum
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Cost:  Free/Donations Welcome

Garden Story Time continues on Thursday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. with “Wonderful Worms.” Join our two wonderful storytellers for stories, crafts, and songs. This program is for 3-6 year olds (siblings are welcome). Registration is recommended (for one or all of the programs). Call 815-895-5762 or email info@sycamorehistory.org

Other dates include:  July 13, July 20, and August 10.

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Jun
15
Location:  DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, IL
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free

Did you miss our May Brown Bag lunch? Don’t worry, their will be a book signing with Clint Cargile on June 15. Their will be a brief program where he explores his research and writing of his new book “In Search of a Fair Wind: Sea Letters of Georgia Townsend Yates, 1891-1892.”

The book is $15. All proceeds go to the Sycamore History Museum.

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Jun
18
Location:  Courthouse lawn
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Cost:  $5 Per Person

Join Steven Bigolin as he leads a guided walking tours of Sycamore’s Main Street. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to the homes along Main Street. Stops on the walk will include, the Townsend House (currently the Paper Doll House) and carriage house (Willow’s Hometown Cafe), the Boyton House, the DeKalb County Court House, Library, Post Office and Rick Turner’s Law office.

Meet at the Courthouse lawn. The tour will last about an hour, wear comfortable shoes.

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Jun
24-25
Location:  Old North Grove School, Corner of Brickville & Motel Road
Time:  11:00 - 4:00, 12:00 - 4:00
Cost:  Free/Donations welcome

The North Grove School Association is hosting their Annual Summer Open House, and their theme is “Early Immigration.” This is a great compliment to the immigration theme in our exhibit that features the story of Gustav Carlson who arrived in Sycamore during the 1870s.

Enjoy the old school, tours, games and baked goods as part of this fun summer tradition.

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Jul
2
Location:  DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave,
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Cost:  $5 Per Person

Join Steven Bigolin as the guided walking tours of Sycamore’s History District continue throughout the summer. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to the homes along DeKalb Ave. The tour will last about an hour and a half, wear comfortable shoes.

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