History of DeKalb County in 100 ObjectsThis exhibit will open in Fall 2021.
Every object has a story. The best stories are those that help us understand ourselves, This exhibit looks to objects - some at the History Center, while others are found throughout the county - to tell us stories.
The exhibit has four themes, "Daily life, Change, Special Events and Government." It was a challenge to pick the objects for this exhibit. We asked:
- "Which objects tell great stories?"
- "Which ones tell stories you don't expect?
- "Which have hidden stories?"
- "Which objects mean different things to different people?"
- "Which pieces mean something different today to when they were originally created?"
In April 2020, we invited the public to participate in a brackets game; "From 100 to 1 ~ Favorite Objects Connected to DeKalb County History." Sixteen objects were selected for the public to vote on. The winner was announced on April 27, 2020 which was "National Tell a Story Day."
Waterman Hall Waltz
Here is one example of an object featured in the exhibit: In the special event section of "History of DeKalb County in 100 objects"; we highlight sheet music from the Gualano Brothers, who lived in Sycamore. Wes Carr, a 2019 Mandolin Champion, recorded these two pieces - Waterman Hall Waltz and the DeKalb Polka.
The songs were composed in around 1894-1895 and have most likely not been heard in over 100 years. To learn more about Wes Carr, visit his website: www.rwcarr.com.