Historical meeting minutes topic of brown bag lunch

SYCAMORE – There are many amazing stories in Sycamore’s history connected to famous people and important events. However, sometimes ordinary daily life can be equally entertaining and significant. Starting in 2008, in preparation for the city’s sesquicentennial, Mayor Ken Mundy began studying the historic ledgers containing the Sycamore City Council meeting minutes. Mundy has reviewed the city council minutes from 1858-1957. At noon on Thursday, Feb. 6, Mundy will share some of his favorite stories based on his research from the years 1858-1900.

“We are very excited to have the mayor share his research as part of a Brown Bag lunch,” Sycamore History Museum Executive Director Michelle Donahoe said. “Currently, we are preparing for our next exhibit, ‘General Dutton’s America,’ which will span from 1840-1900. The first part of the exhibit will explore Sycamore as a pioneer town, and the material the mayor will be sharing will provide a great insight to the daily life in our community during this time period.”

Mundy’s talk will explore many of the “first” elections, along with information about the creation and decisions connected to city water, steam power, fire, police, and paved streets.

The history museum’s Brown Bag lunches take place at noon on the first Thursday of the month. During the winter, they are held at the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Freight Room, 475 DeKalb Ave.  This event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome. Bring your lunch, and the museum provides coffee and cookies. For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit

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