Our Mission

4 Values in red seal

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


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Our Vision:

The DeKalb County History Center is committed to exploring our local history from a variety of perspectives; gathering people together through exhibits, programs, and research; engaging with people of diverse backgrounds to ensure they see themselves in our local history; and inspiring 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.


Tickets on Sale for Cocktails at the Crib! Join us July 20

With a scenic farmstead location along a beautiful pond as a backdrop, the DeKalb County History Center is hosting its third annual “Cocktails at the Crib” fundraiser. Click the photo below to learn more and purchase tickets.

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Get a glossy, history-filled Cornsilk magazine delivered to you every quarter via US Mail.

The Cornsilk, in print since 1975 by the former DeKalb County Historical- Genealogical Society, is now printed by the DeKalb County History Center so that you can continue to enjoy it.

Written by local historians, these stories share the deep, unique history that you find only in DeKalb County.

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February 1 starts with Spring (March),

May 1 starts with Summer (June),

August 1 starts with Fall (September),

November 1 starts with Winter (December).

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Food Exhibit Opens June 1


Food: Gathering Around the Table

This exhibition is created by DeKalb County History Center in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program.

Off-site exhibits can be found throughout DeKalb County.



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


1730 N Main St.
Sycamore, IL 60178


(815) 895-5762

History in Action

Tour the CampusClick below
Eng Farm 1944

Coming Home Videos
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Google Classroom Tutorial video

Tour InsideClick below
History Center Lobby

Latest Award Cornsilk Magazine!
IAM award

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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