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History museum offers affordable summer activities

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Sycamore History Museum can help families fill their calendar this summer. A variety of programs are offered for adults, children and families, often for $5 or less.

“At the Sycamore History Museum we know that there are lots of choices for summer activities. This summer, you can take advantage of a variety of programs and events, but you don’t have to travel far or pay a lot of money to have fun,” executive director Michelle Donahoe said in a news release. “Our programs are affordable and provide a high quality experience. There is really no good reason to miss out.”

• Steven Bigolin will lead guided walking tours in Sycamore’s historic district the first and third Sundays of each month, June through September. Tours cost $5. They begin at 1 p.m. at the farmers market at the corner of Somonauk and Elm streets. Wear comfortable shoes.

• At noon on June 6, Betty Mullins will talk about playing baseball in 1948 with the Grand Rapids Chicks, an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team. The talk is free, but donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are provided.

• Garden Story Times are geared toward families with children, ages 3 to 6; older and younger siblings are welcome. Children listen to stories, sing songs and make a craft. The programs start at 10 a.m. and are scheduled for June 13 and 30, July 11 and 18 and Sept. 12 and 19. They are free, but registration is recommended.

• Back on the Farm gardening classes are offered through the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Topics include patio planting on June 12, how to be a better gardener on Aug. 14 and putting your garden to bed on Sept. 11.

• Growing a Garden to Eat is for children in third grade and older. With the help of Master Gardeners, children will learn about the “recipe for soil” and how to plant, care for and harvest a garden. Each class will include tasting some treats from the museum’s garden. Registration is recommended for this free class, offered at 10 a.m. June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17.

• Through a grant from the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund, the museum is offering three summer concerts. Bring a picnic dinner and listen to folk music from Phyllis Horst on June 12, Steven Keefe on July 10 and Cymbal on Aug. 14. All concerts start at 7 p.m.

• Family Fun Days are drop-in programs held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20, July 18 and Aug. 14. Each session costs $5 and has a different theme. The June program is Making Farm Chores Fun, the July program is Fun with Water and the August program is a Scavenger History Hunt.

The Sycamore History Museum is located at 1730 N. Main St. For more information about programs, call 815-895-5762 or visit www.sycamorehistory.org.

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