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DeKalb County History Center receives $75K grant for new building

Mark Mannebach (center) of the DeKalb County Community Foundation presents Michelle Donahoe (left) of the DeKalb County History Center and Sue Breese (right) of the Joiner History Room with a check for the new DeKalb County History Center building.
Mark Mannebach (center) of the DeKalb County Community Foundation presents Michelle Donahoe (left) of the DeKalb County History Center and Sue Breese (right) of the Joiner History Room with a check for the new DeKalb County History Center building.

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County History Center has received a $75,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation, according to a news release.

The $75,000 Community Needs grant will go toward a new building that will house the former Sycamore History Museum and the Joiner History Room and serve all county historical organizations. That comes after the Sycamore City Council approved $14,500 during its May 7 meeting to remove the barn and concrete silo and feedlot on the Engh Farm property, 1730 N. Main St., where the new history center building will go.

The DeKalb County History Center is planning to open their new facility in May 2019. The goal is to have it coincide with the grand opening of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” according to a news release.

The history center was one of 20 grant proposals approved by the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

– Katie Finlon

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