From Sycamore to Japan – Sycamore History Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch


With the talk “From Sycamore to Japan,” the Sycamore History Museum continues their exploration of topics related to their current exhibit “Adventures To and From Sycamore.” Kelsey Quinn, who spent her senior year of high school in Japan as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program, will be the speaker during SHM’s December 7th Brown Bag lunch.

Quinn attended Sycamore High School, but attended Taikyu Senior High School and lived in Japan from August 2004 through July 2005. She lived in the cities of Arida and Yuasa in the Prefecture of Wakayama, which is about two hours south of Osaka on the coast of the Kiisuido Straight. In addition to being a student at Taikyu Senior High School, she was also the manager of her high school’s boys’ water polo team. She had four host families and made several friends who were fellow exchange students from all over the world. She explained “I have always been fascinated with other cultures, languages and food and jumped at the chance to live abroad.” She continued to study Japanese in college,and returned for a visit once in December 2011.

This Brown Bag lunch will be held at the DeKalb County Foundation’s Freight Room, 475 DeKalb Ave, in Sycamore, at 12:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Coffee and cookies are provided. For more information visit or call 815-895-5762.

Photo: This photo is of Kelsey Quinn in Kyoto where she had the opportunity to experience being made up to look like a “Maiko”, which is an apprentice geisha. She will be featured speaker at the Sycamore History Museum’s December 7 Brown Bag lunch.

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