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Ground broken for DeKalb County History Center

Ground is broken at the future site of the DeKalb County History Museum at 1730 N. Main St., Sycamore.
Ground is broken at the future site of the DeKalb County History Museum at 1730 N. Main St., Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County History Center recently broke ground on its new 7,600-square-foot facility, according to a news release from the center.

The history center, formerly known as the Sycamore History Museum, will be situated in three buildings on the former Engh Farmstead north of town at 1730 N. Main St. Once the building is completed, the Joiner History room will move from the Sycamore Public Library to the new location, which is set to have its grand opening in May 2019, in time for the traveling Smithsonian exhibit "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" to arrive.

A $1 million capital campaign has been set up to help fund the construction. The DeKalb County Community Foundation has contributed $75,000, and Doug and Lynn Roberts have donated $300,000.

"This new space will not only meet professional museum standards of care and preservation, it will provide us with the opportunity to increase hours of operations, host more visitors, assist additional researchers and connect people with DeKalb County's amazing history," Michelle Donahoe, the history center's executive director, said in the release.

For information, visit dekalbcountyhistory.org or call 815-895-5762.

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