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Posted:  March 1, 2018

After several years of conversations, focus groups, and meetings, March 1, 2018 marks the creation of the DeKalb County History Center in Sycamore, Illinois! This new organization is a result of a partnership between the Sycamore History Museum and the Joiner History Room, plus collaboration with 20-plus local history organizations throughout DeKalb County. For specific details and upcoming events visit dekalbcountyhistory.org

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Posted:  February 28, 2018

Thank you very much to everyone who came out to support SHM during our Winter Fund Raiser! Ellie Carlson did a great job in bringing us back in time to get a sense of life 100 Years Ago on the Homefront – the music, the food (I don’t think I will ever forget the mash […]

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Posted:  February 7, 2018

Ever wonder what dailly life was like on the homefront during 1918? If you don’t know much about World War I, this is your chance to experience this fascinating time in American history. Ellie Carlson’s interactive program will engage guests while she shares stories along with music, food, and amazing images connected to the homefront 100 years ago. Ellie becomes Anita Willets Burnham, and comes to Sycamore in a time machine. This Blue Star Mother presents “100 Years Ago on the Homefront” as a living time capsule.

To help you step back into the days of World War I, here is a quote taken from the Oracle, the Sycamore High School yearbook, 1918.

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Posted:  January 24, 2018

A reluctant but energetic America entered the fighting in 1917. We sent our sons. We rationed our bread. We stopped wearing corsets to save the steel for warships…and we wrote and sang the songs that rallied the troops.

The music, food, patriotic pastimes and tragic losses were things that every American family knew. This war ushered in what came to be known as The American Century. What did it feel, sound and taste like to be there?

Ellie Carlson has one foot firmly planted in the early twentieth century. During SHM’s Winter Fund Raiser, she will transport the audience there with the sights, sounds and tastes of the era. If you know nothing of World War I, come to learn. If you had relatives and friends who were there, come to be reminded. Learn the history, sing the songs, taste the food. Travel back in time to the Homefront. Have real-life time capsule opening experience.

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Posted:  December 7, 2017

We are the heart of the shopping season. Are you struggling to find a unique gift or trying to find something for that hard buy for person? Check out the Sycamore History Museum.

We have lots of options ~

1. Consider the gift of tickets for our upcoming Winter Fundraiser. For $20 each you will enjoy the interactive program “A Hundred Years Ago On the Homefront: How Families Faced The War to End All Wars,” with popular presenter Ellie Carlson. The evening includes food from the time period, desserts, and silent auction. The event is on February 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Sycamore History Museum.
2. Know a history buff that likes to read? We have several local history books for sale including “In Search of a Fair Wind” and the “Five-Mile Spur Line: A railroad history of Sycamore” both written by Clint Cargile and only $15.

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