Turner Brass Manufacturing, c1944


What Do You See When You View The Objects?

Every object has a story. The best stories are those that help us understand ourselves, our community, and others. This is what draws us to objects, that make them represent more than their physical purpose, what makes them have meaning for us, what makes them seem infused with memories. This exhibit looks to objects - some at the History Center, while others are found throughout the county - to tell us stories, which are broken down into four themes: "Daily Life, Change, Special Events and Government."

Introduction to the Exhibit & Acknowledgements

Four Stories were the subject of videos created by the Jr. Volunteers for the Smithsonian's Museum on Main St. Coming Home project.
Follow the links below to view the videos & hear the stories:


The following is a list of 50 objects from throughout DeKalb County that were selected as important pieces to continue the goal of highlighting interesting and unique stories. Like the objects on display at the DeKalb County History Center, the selection process was very difficult. In addition to providing unique perspectives to DeKalb County history, the History Center wanted to ensure representation from throughout the County. Enjoy exploring these amazing treasures around our county.

Click on the image of the map below to start the virtual tour
via Google Earth.

Northern County Locations
  • Ashelford Hall
  • Carlos Lattin House
  • DeKalb County Community Foundation
  • DeKalb County Courthouse
  • Elmwood Cemetery Gates
  • Hoppe Heritage Farm Preserve/Miller Cabin 
  • Kingston Community Sharing Library
  • Kirkland Historical Society
  • Kirkland Public Library
  • MacQueen Forest Preserve
  • Mayfield Congregational Church, UCC
  • North Grove One-Room School
  • Pacific House Hotel
  • Sycamore Library
Central County Locations
  • Altgeld Hall
  • Blackwell History Museum of Education/Milan Township One Room School House
  • DeKalb Area Women's Center
  • DeKalb Public Library
  • Egyptian Theatre
  • Ellwood House Museum
  • Joseph F. Glidden Homestead &Visitor Center
  • Lincoln Highway's "Seedling Mile"
  • Malta Historical & Genealogocial Society
  • Ohio Grove Cemetery
  • Afton Forest Preserve
Southern County Locations
  • Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve
  • Clinton Township Library
  • Dairy Joy Drive-In, Hinckley
  • Gage House
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • Hinckley Historical Society
  • Kishwaukee River
  • Leland Historical Society
  • Old Charley
  • Marie Louise Olmstead Memorial Museum
  • Pioneer Park
  • Rollo Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Sandwich Fair Grounds
  • Sandwich Opera House and City Hall
  • Sannauk Forest Preserve
  • Shabbona Hotel
  • Shabbona Lake State Park
  • Somonauk United Presbyterian Church
  • Stone Mill Museum/Sandwich Historical Society
  • Suydam Methodist Church
  • Von KleinSchmid Mansion
  • Waterman Historical Society
  • Wiltberger Memorial Clock