About Us

The DeKalb County History Center is run by a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and board members.


The Sycamore History Museum transitioned into the DeKalb County History Center.


Joiner History Room will be housed in the new DCHC building.


Sycamore Fire Preservation Company will house their 1923 Stuz Fire Truck in the garage previously used by SHM for programming.

Our Goals:


The collection would reflect the significant stories of DeKalb County through artifacts and archival materials.


Engage and inspire visitors through programming and exhibits based in solid research.


Caring for artifacts and archival materials in ways that meet best practices.


Share historical resources in person and on-line with researchers locally, nationally, and internationally.


Build strategic collaborations with local history organizations to promote, enhance, and expand upon concepts connected to DeKalb County history.


Secure resources county wide for a sustainable future.


DCHC inspires curiosity in DeKalb County’s history by gathering, exploring, and inspiring people.


DCHC will explore 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.
DCHC is also committed to building the capacity of local organizations by providing resources and opportunities for collaboration.

Board Members

 John Boies, Sycamore                     Kevin Bunge, Claire                         Steve Faivre, Sycamore
 Dave Finney, Sycamore
 Bill Lenschow, Sycamore
 Tom Matya, DeKalb
 Carol Meeks, Sycamore 
 Orrin Merrit, Genoa

Bob Pritchard, Hinckley
Anna Schelkopf, Sycamore
Jill Tritt, Sycamore
Jamie Walter, DeKalb

Ex Officio
City of Sycamore
DeKalb County