Museum Day 2023

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Museum Day 2023

October 19, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT




DeKalb County History Center, 1730 N. Main Street, Sycamore


Museum Day 2023 is on October 19 at the DeKalb County History Center. If you’re a board member, staff, or volunteer of a museum, historical society, library, or historic property, we invite you to attend this free event!

NOTE: Please help us keep Museum Day free by only registering if you plan to attend.




Date                     October 19, 2023

Time                     9:00am – 3:00pm

Cost                      Free

Location              DeKalb County History Center, 1730 N Main Street, Sycamore, IL 60178

Parking                Free parking in the History Center lot

Refreshments     Coffee, water, and soda; box lunch

Registration        Capped at 40


9:00 – 9:30   Breakfast and Networking

9:30 – 9:45   Introductions and Welcome

9:45 – 11:00   Michelle Donahoe, will share updates on the FOOD exhibit including research, themes, objects, programming ideas, and collaboration opportunities. History partners are invited to share their ideas and questions.

11:00 – 11:15   Break

11:15 – 12:15   Brad Wiles, Head of NIU Library Special Collections and Archives Department, will present a summary of DeKalb County-area related collections in the Regional History Center holdings and discuss the prospect of a region-wide collaborative network aimed at uncovering hidden, unknown, or overlooked cultural heritage resources for enhanced preservation and access.

12:15 – 1:15   Lunch

1:15 – 2:45   Keynote – Deanna Cada, Executive Director, DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board, Strategic Actions: How to Prioritize When Everything is a Priority.  Her talk will provide an opportunity to empower organizations with tools and insights to identify and address critical priorities. This interactive session offers a collaborative approach to exploring strategic actions and innovative ideas around programming, volunteerism, funding, communication, and more.

2:45 – 3:00   Closing/Wrap Up

Museum Day is brought to you by the DeKalb County History Center and the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership. 

Questions? Contact Michelle Donahoe at or 815-895-5762.


October 19, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
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DeKalb County History Center


DeKalb County History Center
1730 N. Main St.
Sycamore, IL 60178
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Museum Day 2023
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