Online exhibits give new depth to history

Drew VandeCreek
Drew VandeCreek

SYCAMORE – New technology is making history more interesting and accessible than ever before. On Thursday, June 5, Drew VandeCreek, director of digital initiatives at Northern Illinois University, will present a brown bag talk for the Sycamore History Museum about an online exhibit, "Illinois During the Civil War."

VandeCreek will offer a demonstration and discussion of the exhibit, at The site provides a brief narrative history of the war with an emphasis on events and themes important to Illinois. It also analyzes eight major interpretive themes that historians use to discuss the war. These materials accompany a database of text, image, audio and video materials, including both primary sources and additional interpretive materials.

“We are excited to have VandeCreek talk about this online resource," history museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said. "The Sycamore History Museum launched its first online exhibit to accompany the physical exhibit ‘General Dutton’s America.’ His presentation about the project at NIU is a perfect complement to SHM’s exhibit."

The talk will be held at the DeKalb County Community’s Freight Room, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. The program is free and open to the public; donations are welcome. For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit

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