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Sycamore Museum will unveil new website design

Most museums only exhibit about a quarter or less of their collection. Many interesting objects remain in collection storage and in the archives. Now, people will be able to take a peek into the collections of the Sycamore History Museum without leaving their homes.

At noon Thursday, executive director Michelle Donahoe will talk about the museum’s new website, which will allow for a significant increase in access to materials related to the stories that create our community’s history.

Much thought went into the process of creating the new website. The board, executive director and volunteers were all asked a variety of questions regarding how people use the website, what needed to be improved and what should be added. These discussions led to some significant changes. Goals for the project included improved access to information about programs, adding materials for educators and sharing the collection online with researchers.

A grant from the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation was secured to create the new website. The grant included funds to write lesson plans for K-8 teachers. A separate grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation upgraded the museum’s computers, allowing the organization to accomplish the necessary changes for the new website.

During the March Brown Bag lunch, Donahoe will talk about the new website, show off its new features and answer questions about how the site works.

“We are very excited to launch this new site. We have many treasures and resources at SHM that the new website will allow us to share with a larger audience in a variety of ways,” Donahoe said in a news release. The museum worked with local business HeartGiants to create the new website.

The program will be held at the DeKalb County Community Foundation Freight Room at 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. It is free; donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

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