Time to stop in to Gather, Explore, Engage and Inspire.

The DeKalb County History Center, in partnership with the Joiner History Room, explores the diverse stories 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.


Members OnlyClick Here for Special Page Access

Professional Development for Teachers

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Arts in Action

Exhibition: Opening Reception
May 21, 2022
6 PM - 9 PM


Click the image above to find more details.


Grand Re-Opening:
June 11, 2022
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

The best stories are those that help us understand ourselves, our community, and others. Thus, the featured objects reflect a wide variety of perspectives associated with DeKalb County history.


Joiner History Room Website Redesign


Click the image to hear about the exciting changes coming to the Joiner History Room Website as presented by Rob Glover, Director of the Joiner History Room during the Feb. 3 Brown Bag/Local Lore program.

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!


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

February 28, 2022

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is our top priority. The DeKalb County History Center is now mask optional per State of Illinois guidelines.
Masking is recommended for those with vulnerable health conditions and the unvaccinated. If you are not feeling well, please reschedule your visit. 

We appreciate your cooperation.

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

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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