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.


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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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Food Exhibit Opens June 1

Opening June 1

Food: Gathering Around the Table

Join us for the new exhibit grand opening from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. 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.


Our Exhibit Hall is CLOSED as we prepare for the grand opening of our Food exhibit on June 1. 

The History Center will be closed on Saturdays in May. The Joiner History Room will be open on Saturdays by appointment only.


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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