Young history lovers invited to train as museum guides

SYCAMORE – Students in fifth through eighth grade who are looking for something fun to do this summer, who like working with people young and old, and who enjoy telling stories, are invited to train as junior docents at the Sycamore History Museum.

A docent gives tours to museum visitors, leads craft activities during summer programs, and may even be involved in some YouTube videos sharing interesting stories about Sycamore history. An information meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St. Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend.

Kids who attend will learn about the museum’s upcoming exhibit, “General Dutton’s America,” which explores Sycamore history from 1840 through 1900. There will be a hands-on room where junior docents, along with younger visitors, can play in a soldier’s tent and send messages using a telegraph. Summer opportunities will also be discussed. Junior Docents can be in fifth grade through high school. Participants will be trained and receive a T-shirt.

To sign up or for more information, call 815-895-5762 or email

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