Bees create sticky situation at museum

SYCAMORE – On warm summer days, bees quickly become a part of any outdoor activity. Last year, volunteers at the Sycamore History Museum noticed a few more bees than usual, and began making several phone calls. Carolyn and Frank Hudon offered to come to the museum to investigate.

They quickly discovered that the museum had become the home to thousands of bees. On Thursday, Aug. 1, Carolyn Hudon will offer a brown bag talk about how the bees were removed from the museum grounds, beekeeping, bee removal and even bee rental.

“At first glance, bees and local history don’t seem to be related. However, the gardens play a big part of our mission at SHM. They help us tell the story of Sycamore’s agricultural roots. This program connects agricultural history along with current local history,” museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said. “Everyone was very surprised when the side of the corn crib was opened and the true size of the hive revealed. The photos are quite impressive.”

The Hudons own Hudon’s Honey in Genoa. They were responsible for taking down the hive and making a new home for the bees. The hive at the museum posed a challenge because it was located inside and near the top of the corn crib’s exterior wall. After a couple of hours, the hive was removed and on its way to the Hudons’ business.

The Sycamore History Museum hosts brown bag lunches at noon on the first Thursday of the month at 1730 N. Main St. Presentations are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are provided.  For more information call 815-895-5762 or visit

Bee Brown Bag


Noon Aug. 1

Sycamore History Museum

1730 N. Main St., Sycamore

815-895-5762 or

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