To view our online exhibits, please visit our dedicated exhibits site: DCHC Exhibits.org

Arts in Action Exhibit

Arts in Action is designed to be a platform for community members and artists to tell their stories, especially for those whose voices have not always been heard. The project goal is to build a stronger community by sharing, listening, and understanding the stories of everyone in the community.
The work is ongoing.

Use this link or click image above to explore the new website: createchange.today.


The exhibit has four themes, "Daily Life, Change, Special Events and  Government." It was a challenge to pick the objects for this exhibit. As part of the process 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?"

These questions were not confined to objects at the History Center. We reached out to other history groups, as well as considered National Landmarks throughout the County.

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.

Click the image below to visit the online exhibit.

exhibit logo

Four Stories were the subject of videos created by the Jr. Volunteers for the Smithsonian's Museum on Main St. Coming Home project. Follow the links below to view the videos & hear the stories:

Bracket Game:  100 + 1 

Join the friendly competition to identify the historically significant "objects" in
DeKalb County, IL
Nominated Object descriptions
updated bracket Chart (9/12)

The "PLUS ONE" Winner

Winning Object: Farm Bureau Mural


Champion Announcement

Winning Object Champion: Dairy Joy Drive In