Civil War general’s Sycamore recreated in exhibit

SYCAMORE - On Thursday, April 3, during the Sycamore History Museum’s Brown Bag lunch, visitors can enjoy a sneak peek of the Sycamore History Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “General Dutton’s America,” opening on April 26. 

This exhibit is unique in that it looks at local history from the perspective of two individual people. Through the letters and research of General E.F. Dutton, the Sycamore History Museum has pieced together an exhibit that tells the story of Sycamore from the 1840s-1900. Rob Glover, exhibit curator, and Michelle Donahoe, executive director, will lead the Brown Bag lunch talk.

“Reviewing all of the material for this exhibit, we were overwhelmed. However, as we started to put this puzzle together, we realized that Dutton and his wife, Rosina, provide an interesting insight to life in our community during this time period,” Donahoe said. “In 1840, Sycamore had 242 people, but by the time Dutton died in 1900, the population reached about 3,600. These two people lived through many significant local and national events. We are looking forward demonstrating how Sycamore connects to some really exciting stories that are part our national experience.”

The Brown Bag lunch will explore some highlights in the exhibit, its interactives, an online component, and an overview of the programs that will be offered throughout the year. The program will be held at the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Freight Room, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore, at noon on Thursday, April 3. The talk is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

For additional information, visit or call 815-895-5762.

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