Museum recaps 2013 and looks to the future

SYCAMORE – At the Sycamore History Museum’s annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30, the museum will recap accomplishments of 2013 and look ahead to its vision for 2014.

In 2013, the museum updated its mission, created its first strategic plan, and offered more than 100 programs in addition to providing tours, helping researchers and launching a new website.

“This past year will go down as a significant year for the Sycamore History Museum. We are working hard to plan for a secure future, to provide a professional museum and archival experience for the community, and to develop a long-term vision for our organization,” executive director Michelle Donahoe said. “We are looking forward to sharing highlights from 2013 and our goals for the next few years.”

The evening will also include an overview of a new educational program “The Tale of Two Histories.” Working with Peggy Doty from the University of Illinois Extension Office, the museum is developing a program for area schools that incorporates local history and environmental history with authentic learning places such as the renovated depot, the 1835 Miller cabin, and the Hoppe Heritage Farm Forest Preserve. This project is funded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

The annual meeting is open to members and those interested in Sycamore history. It will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Freight Room of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. A ham dinner is provided, and guests are asked to bring a dish to pass. Cost is $5 per person, and space is limited. Call 815-895-5762 to RSVP.

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