Local history book topic of brown bag lunch

SYCAMORE – History is something that people tend to think of as 100-plus years ago. It is not. We are making history every day.

The DeKalb County Genealogical and Historical Society has worked to document the past 50
years in DeKalb County history in its new book, “Acres of Change: A History of DeKalb County, Illinois 1963-2012.” Enjoy a sneak preview of the topics covered in the book and the stories it includes at the Sycamore History Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch at noon on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The lead speaker will be the book committee chair, Terry Martin, retired Kishwaukee College faculty member and a 50-year resident of Afton Township. He and his wife, Sherrie, are also the authors of the education chapter in the new book. Assisting him will be Barry Schrader, a member of the history museum and another co-author of the book.

“We are very happy to have Terry and Barry come and talk about this new book. When looking back, the changes that occurred in our county during these past 50 years have shaped who we are today," history museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said. "Topics in the book cover agriculture, arts and entertainment, education, government, industry, law, libraries, media, medicine, religion, service organizations and townships that encompass the county. There is something for everyone."

Brown Bag Lunches are on the first Thursday of each month. They are free and open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be provided. From February through May, the programs will be held at the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Freight Room, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. Call 815-895-5762 or email for additional information.

Brown Bag History Lunch

Noon Feb. 7
Freight Room, DeKalb County Community Foundation
475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore

The February presentation is on the new local history book, "Acres of Change: A History of DeKalb County, Illinois 1963-2012.”

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