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Salute to Veterans

November 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


In honor of Veteran’s Day, the DeKalb County History Center will be sharing a wide variety of stories from veterans. Men and women who served our country – ranging from the Civil War to current veterans – will be discussed in the program “Salute to Veterans” as part of the History Center’s and Ellwood House Museum’s November Brown Bag/Local Lore program.

One of the ways the DeKalb County History Center adapted during COVID was to create a Google Classroom that provided names, interviews, and primary resources connected to DeKalb County’s veterans. “Last year we featured Samuel Crosswell, one of nine Black men from DeKalb County who fought in World War I and was part of the famous Buffalo Soldiers who fought with the French; Kingston’s William Aves, who was killed at Pearl Harbor and was DeKalb County’s first causality in World War II; and DeKalb’s George Boardman who served in the naval band under the direction of John Phillips Sousa during World War I, to just name a fascinating stories,” explained Michelle Donahoe, Executive Director of the DeKalb County History Center.

During the November 4 talk, Carol Meeks, DeKalb County History Center Board member and retired teacher, will provide more details about veterans featured in a

Google Classroom. She will also talk about her work this year to expand the project and share her experience in working with Sycamore High School’s Spartan TV students who have interviewed with five veterans this fall.

This program will be a hybrid presentation at the DeKalb County History Center, Thursday, November 4 at 12:00. To register visit the DeKalb County History Center’s website dekalbcountyhistory.org and scroll down to “Upcoming programs.” There you will have the option to register in-person or participate via Zoom. Please call 815-895-5762 or email info@dekalbcountyhistory.org with any questions. The DeKalb County History Center is located at 1730 N. Main Street. The Brown Bag/Local Lore program is generously sponsored by the Mary E. Stevens Concert & Lecture Fund.

Photo: The November Brown Bag/Local Lore program “Salute to Veterans” will include information about the current partnership between the DeKalb County History Center and Sycamore History School’s Spartan TV.


November 4, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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1730 N. Main Street
Sycamore, IL 60178 United States
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