DeKalb County History Center to Begin Move Into New Facility


The DeKalb County History Center and its archives will close December 19, 2018 and reopen with the grand opening of its new facility on May 11, 2019. During this time, staff and volunteers will prepare for the move and the upcoming Smithsonian exhibit. Many resources will still be available online. Brown Bag lunches will resume in February.

DCHC LogoAbout the DeKalb County History Center

The DCHC is a result of a partnership between the Sycamore History Museum and the Joiner History Room (formerly located in the Sycamore Public Library), plus collaboration with over a dozen local history organizations throughout DeKalb County.


Collection – The collection would reflect the significant stories of DeKalb County through artifacts and archival materials.
Education – Engage and inspire visitors through programming and exhibits based in solid research.
Preservation – Caring for artifacts and archival materials in ways that meet best practices.
Research – Share historical resources in person and on-line with researchers locally, nationally, and internationally.
Partnerships – Build strategic collaborations with local history organizations to promote, enhance, and expand upon concepts connected to DeKalb County history.
Funding – Secure resources county wide for a sustainable future.


DCHC inspires curiosity in DeKalb County’s history by gathering, exploring, and inspiring people.


DCHC will explore the diverse stories that are part of our county’s history; gather people together through exhibits, programs, and research; and inspire people to apply this knowledge to enlighten the decisions of tomorrow.

DCHC is also committed to building the capacity of local organizations by providing resources and opportunities for collaboration.

Invest in Local History This Year

Please remember the History Center as you plan your end of the year giving. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. If you are 70 years and six months or older with an IRA account that has a Required Minimum Distribution, consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution. By donating directly from your IRA account, your gift will not be considered taxable income.

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