History center reviews historic year

The DeKalb County History Center recently shared some of its 2020 highlights.

Even though doors were closed most of the year, the center adjusted and came up with a variety of creative ways to share DeKalb County’s history.

However, because of limited opportunities for visitors, income was less that anticipated. To help the history center continue to provide resources for the general public, families, educators and researchers, people are asked to consider an end-of-the-year gift that will be matched up to $10,000.

“Looking back at this historic year, I was humbled to see how our staff, volunteers and board adjusted during COVID,” Executive Director Michelle Donahoe said in a news release. “To share some of these stories, we even created a special page on our website, dekalbcountyhistory/yearinreview.org.”

“My favorites this year include the brackets game where thousands of people voted for their favorite object in DeKalb County History, the outdoor Scavenger Hunt at the History Center, a guided walking tour created for second graders, and the Google Classrooms that engage teachers and students with photos, interviews, maps, and letters from the collection,” she said in the release. “I also enjoyed seeing how many people took advantage of this time to start research projects – the Joiner History Room continues to be busy helping people learn more about DeKalb County.”

There are a variety of ways to support the DeKalb County History Center. Donations will be matched up to $10,000 as part of the center’s Annual Appeal through Jan. 10. Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 502, Sycamore, IL 60178 or online at dekalbcountyhistory.org/support.

Another option is to purchase a $20 ticket to the Virtual Historic Tour of Homes featuring 16 homes and two interviews, which is available online until March 15. Finally, consider becoming a member, which includes access to numerous members-only videos. For details, visit dekalbcountyhistory.org or email info@dekalbcountyhistory.org.