Smithsonian Junior Volunteer program returns

Ever want to go behind the scenes at a museum or wonder what is in the closed stacks of an archives? Curious about how and why items are selected to be in an exhibit?

The DeKalb County History Center is hosting a general informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, for those interested in participating in the center’s Junior Volunteer program.

“We have many students who visit the History Center and they are full of wonder and curiosity,” Michelle Donahoe, history center executive director, said in a news release. “We are excited to offer a unique opportunity for students in eighth through 12th grade where they can learn more about our current exhibit ‘History of DeKalb County in 100 Objects’ and take a deeper dive into the stories explored within the display. The students will then create a video or podcast that will be hosted on a Smithsonian website reflecting their research.”

This program is part of the Smithsonian’s “Coming Home” project, made possible with funding from Museums on Main Street and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.

In addition to receiving grant money to support the project from the Smithsonian, WNIJ’s Yvonne Boose will help train the students on how to conduct an interview using both audio and video equipment. This is an opportunity for students to learn how to use technology in combination with research skills while showcasing their work as part of a national project.

Students from throughout DeKalb County are encouraged to attend. The informational meeting on Nov. 1 will be held at the DeKalb County History Center, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore. Regular meetings will be a combination of in-person, hybrid and remote gatherings.

Call 815-895-5762 or email with any questions.