Our Mission

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

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The DeKalb County History Center, in partnership with the Joiner History Room, explores from a variety of perspectives that are part of our county’s history; gathers people together through exhibits, programs, and research; engages with people of diverse backgrounds to ensure they see themselves in our local history; and inspires 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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Salute to Veterans

Video interviews with six veterans are in development. Watch this space for a link in early December.

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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!


Every object has a story. The best stories are those that help us understand ourselves, our community, and others. This exhibit looks to objects - some at the History Center, while others are found throughout the county - to tell us stories, which are broken down into four themes: "Daily Life, Change, Special Events and Government."

Click the image for the exhibit online.


Sundays: CLOSED
Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays: 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am - 4 pm
Thursdays: 10 am - 4 pm
Fridays: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturdays: 12 pm - 3 pm


P.O. Box 502

1730 N Main St.
Sycamore, IL 60178


(815) 895-5762

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

Exhibit Award"100 Objects"
History Center Lobby

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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