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Delving into depot's past

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 3:50 p.m. CDT
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The Sycamore train depot is now home to the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
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The history of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad depot in Sycamore is the subject of the Sycamore History Museum's next Brown Bag Lunch presentation.

SYCAMORE – During the last several months, many have enjoyed watching improvements to the former Chicago & Northwestern depot, the new home of the DeKalb County Community Foundation in Sycamore.

The transformation, inside and outside, is very exciting, but this building also has a fascinating past. What is the story of those original walls? Why was the depot first built in Sycamore, and what impact did it have on the community? Discover the answer to those questions and more as Clint Cargile shares his research on the history of the depot during the Sycamore History Museum’s December Brown Bag Lunch.

“Over the years, I have helped researchers look for information about the Chicago & Northwestern depot,” history museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said.

“I have enjoyed working with Clint because he has really taken the project a step further by putting everything into a larger historical context, helping people understand how significant the depot was in our community. It became an essential part of business and social life in Sycamore.

“And even more appropriate, the talk will be held at the depot.”

Dan Templin, executive director of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, will share information about the Community Foundation’s vision of the depot’s future.

The Sycamore History Museum’s Brown Bag lunches are held on the first Thursday of the month. Programs are free; donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are provided. For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit sycamorehistory.org.

‘History of the Chicago & Northwestern Depot’

Noon Thursday, Dec. 6

DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore

815-895-5762 or sycamorehistory.org

Brown bag lunches are encouraged; coffee and cookies are provided. Free presentation on the history of the Sycamore depot.

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