School is almost out and Memorial Day is around the corner, time to start planning for summer fun! The Sycamore History Museum is ready to help you fill your calendar with a variety of programs for people of all ages and interests ~ most programs are free or have a minimal charge.
You can start by simply stopping by SHM. Our new exhibit “Adventures To and From Sycamore” incorporates stories from the 1870s to experiences shared by current residents. Children can participate in our “Invention Lab” and pan for gold.
For younger children, join us for our Garden Story Times. This great program takes place outside and brings together fun stories, songs and crafts. Registration is recommended, and it is free (donations are welcome). The series kicks off with “Lovely Ladybugs” on June 8 at 10:00. Check our calendar for details.
Those looking to enjoy the outdoors and a little exercise, check out our summer walking tours. This year we have added a new tour exploring DeKalb Ave along with Somonauk Street, Main Street and Downtown. The tours are on the first and third Sunday of the month, are $5 and are led by local historian Stephan Bigolin. For specific details check our calendar.
June 13 we have Penelope Blake from Rockford College exploring “Perverted Science: World War I as the First Modern War.” 7:00 p.m. Suggested $5 donation.
A few days later, join Clint Cargile for his book signing and program on “In Search of a Fair Wind.” This will be held at the DeKalb County Community Foundation at 6:00 p.m. The book combines great local history research and Georgia Townsend Yate’s letters that cover her amazing trip to Japan in 1891 (her story is also featured in our current exhibit).
We also have our regularly scheduled Brown Bag Lunches on the first Thursday of the month. June 1 features to stories of two local high school students – one who sent six weeks in Argentina last summer, and another story of a student from Brazil who spent the school year at Sycamore High School.
Don’t forget to check out some other partner events: The North Grove School Association’s Open House is June 24 from 11-4 and June 25 from 12-5. This year’s them is Early Immigration. The Midwest Museum of Natural History will also be offering a scavenger hunt for children to use during their visit. They will be challenged to find how many different places are represented in their displays.