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Why not do something grandiose for Bicentennial?

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist.............................June 22, 2018

As everyone must know by now, Illinois was founded 200 years ago (1818) and celebrations have begun statewide to commemorate the occasion. Since the state has no money to fund the party, several groups have taken it upon themselves to devise special events, pageants and even trivia contests.

DeKalb County has shown a lack of enthusiasm for this momentous year, although the new DeKalb County History Center is planning some programs.

About a year and a half ago, I made a presentation to the Sycamore Kiwanis Club. The topic was how we could celebrate the Bicentennial and put DeKalb County on the map – maybe help make us a tourist destination.

Pieces of the Black Hawk Statue have fallen from the right elbow of the 102-year-old statue at Lowden Park outside Oregon.

The six ideas were:

• Establish a countywide museum in the old DeKalb Elks Lodge at the corner of Lincoln Highway and First Street in DeKalb. Since then, a new countywide museum project has begun on the Engh Farm, a joint effort of the Sycamore History Museum, DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and Joiner History Room.

• Acquire and move the Maple Grove schoolhouse on Pleasant Hill Road to county forest preserve district land next to the 1835 Miller Log Cabin. It may be too late now because of the building’s deteriorated condition.

• Restore the Annie Glidden house on the NIU campus as an agricultural landmark or as a student-centered use (vetoed by NIU Foundation and university officials).

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