Winter Fund Raiser featuring “John Deere”
Posted:  February 10, 2017

Love local history, enjoy hearing interesting stories, appreciate looking at items that have unique connection to the past? Then the Sycamore History Museum is the place for you – with our award winning exhibits, programs, and thousands of artifacts being preserved for the future, we take our job very seriously. However, it is not cheap to do this type of work. Now is your chance to enjoy a fun evening out and support the Sycamore History Museum!

On February 17 as part of the Sycamore History Museum’s Winter Fund Raiser. Brian “Fox” Ellis will be bringing John Deere to life as part of this educational, interactive, and entertaining evening! The event will include a cash bar, John Deere presentation, which will be followed by desserts and a silent auction.

Imagine you have been invited to a private board meeting and celebration of John Deere & Co.  The founder of the company is retiring and handing the plow to his son Charles.  John Deere reflects on the history of his self-scouring plows, shares some of his personal struggles, and then turns to the future and the great changes in agriculture that he foresees in the vision of his son, who is about to transform the company and the future of farming.

Historian, author, and actor Brian “Fox” Ellis, in character as John Deere, will cover a century of agricultural history and then lead a discussion on the future of farming.  Raising issues such the pros and cons of agriculture versus agribusiness, the roles of technology and mechanization, and the significance of small family farms, centennial farms, and community-supported agriculture, this program promises to engage the audience in a complex conversation about the directions that our ongoing efforts to feed the world might take.

Turning the conventional question-and-answer session format on its head, a substantial portion of this presentation will consist of John Deere asking the members of the audience questions about their family roots in agriculture and where they think the future will lead us.

The program will be held at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman St. in Sycamore, doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $20 per person and $10 for for children under the age of 10. This event is made possible due to the support of the following local sponsors: First Midwest Bank, IDEAL Industries, Taxco, Banner Up, Hy-Vee and the Neighborhood Bakery.

Tickets are available at the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, Sycamore History Museum or online at

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