The ties between community, industry

SYCAMORE – John Castle and Dave Juday will explore the relationship between community and industry as the last program connected to the Sycamore History Museum exhibit “Why Sycamore Works.” This talk will focus on the impact local businesses have had in the community. Juday will share personal stories from Ideal Industries, and Castle will moderate the discussion.
“We are excited to have two community leaders come together and explore this topic. Sycamore has a strong tradition of collaboration, which includes its industries. Ideal is a great example, as it is still a family-owned business and is committed to the community,” Michelle Donahoe, executive director of the museum, said. “John Castle is another person who has been very active in the community and supportive of Sycamore over the years. He will put the Ideal story into a larger context."
This is the last in a series of programs sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council that explore issues related to the exhibit. "Why Sycamore Works" recently won an Award of Excellence from the Illinois Association of Museums. The exhibit will be end on Saturday, Sept. 22.
“Community and Industrial Relationships” will be held at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 815-895-5762 or visit

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