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DeKalb County History Center receives $300K donation

Money to be put toward construction of new museum

An model of the proposed new DeKalb County History Center. With a major gift received from the Roberts family, construction is set to begin soon.
An model of the proposed new DeKalb County History Center. With a major gift received from the Roberts family, construction is set to begin soon.

SYCAMORE – Shortly after receiving a $75,000 donation from the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the DeKalb County History Center became the recipient of a donation four times as big.

Doug and Lynn Roberts have donated $300,000, which will help fund the museum’s plans to build a new facility on the former Engh Farm property, 1730 N. Main St., Sycamore. The donation was announced Friday.

“Our family has a long and deep history in DeKalb County,” Doug Roberts said in a news release. “We share the vision of a history center located in the county seat where stories will celebrate days gone by as well as help to coordinate local history efforts throughout our county.”

The history center plans to open the new facility in May 2019. The goal is to have it coincide with the opening of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” according to a news release.

Doug Roberts said grantors are interested in gifts to organizations that promote cooperation between agencies and other interest groups.

“The DeKalb County History Center’s vision to ‘explore, gather and inspire’ takes it a step further through partnerships with the city of Sycamore and DeKalb County government,” he said. “It is our hope that many other DeKalb County citizens will see the benefits of this project and support the building and related fundraising connected to this new countywide entity.” 

For information,visit dekalbcountyhistory.org or email michelle@dekalbcountyhistory.org.

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