The DeKalb County History Center, in partnership with the Joiner History Room, explores the diverse stories that are part of our county’s history; gather people together through exhibits, programs, and research; and inspire people to apply this knowledge to enlighten the decisions of tomorrow.

The History Center also is committed to building the capacity of local organizations by providing resources and opportunities for collaboration.

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Vote for the "+1" to add to the History of DeKalb County in 100 Objects Exhibit

Out and About Travel App logo

Check out the NEW mobile app for your FREE self-guided tour into DeKalb County's history. Scan the QR code or Click the image to explore and be inspired!


Given recent guidance by the CDC and IDPH we welcome our visitors and volunteers and will be open to all, no matter their vaccination status.

When visiting the History Center, masks will be required only when:

  • You are less than 2+ weeks post final vaccination shot.
  • You are working with children under the age of 12 indoors.

No proof of vaccination will be required.  We expect our visitors’ honesty and accuracy in their vaccination status and behavior.

Taking extra steps for your peace of mind, all staff and volunteers working with the public are fully vaccinated and will wear a vaccination ID sticker.  Any staff or volunteer who has yet to meet full vaccination requirements will remain masked.

By maintaining our science-driven response toward Covid-19 we hope you will join us in welcoming this recent development. We understand that visitors may differ in their relative ease with these evolving changes. As always, thank you for helping make the most of what has been a difficult time for us all. We appreciate your interest in DeKalb County’s history and look forward to seeing you at the History Center and our related upcoming events.


Special Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM– 3:00 PM / 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month in July & August from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays: 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursdays: 10 am - 5 pm
Fridays: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 5 pm
Sundays: CLOSED



P.O. Box 502

1730 N Main St.
Sycamore, IL 60178


(815) 895-5762

Our Mission

DeKalb County History Center is committed to "Inspiring curiosity in DeKalb County’s history."

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History in Action

Tour the CampusClick Picture below
Eng Farm 1944

Google ClassroomsClick Picture below
Google Classroom Tutorial video

Tour Inside  Click below
History Center Lobby

Award-Winning Adaptation 2020
IAM Award for COVID Response

Current Exhibit

On display until April 2019.
Beyond Grandma's Attic exhibit logo

Upcoming Events


Current Exhibit

On display until April 2019.
Beyond Grandma's Attic exhibit logo

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