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Exchange student to speak at Sycamore Brown Bag lunch

Kelsey Quinn of Sycamore is pictured in Kyoto where she had the opportunity to experience being made up to look like a “Maiko,” which is an apprentice geisha. She will be the featured speaker at the Sycamore History Museum’s Dec. 7 Brown Bag lunch.
Kelsey Quinn of Sycamore is pictured in Kyoto where she had the opportunity to experience being made up to look like a “Maiko,” which is an apprentice geisha. She will be the featured speaker at the Sycamore History Museum’s Dec. 7 Brown Bag lunch.

With the talk “From Sycamore to Japan,” the Sycamore History Museum continues its exploration of topics related to its exhibit “Adventures To and From Sycamore.” Kelsey Quinn, who spent her senior year of high school in Japan as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program, will speak during SHM’s Dec. 7 brown bag lunch.

Quinn attended Sycamore High School, but attended Taikyu Senior High School and lived in Japan from August 2004 through July 2005. She lived in the cities of Arida and Yuasa in the Prefecture of Wakayama, which is about two hours south of Osaka on the coast of the Kiisuido Strait.

In addition to being a student at Taikyu Senior High School, she was the manager of her high school’s boys’ water polo team. She had four host families and made several friends who were fellow exchange students from around the world.

“I have always been fascinated with other cultures, languages and food and jumped at the chance to live abroad,” Quinn said in a news release. She continued to study Japanese in college, and returned for a visit once in December 2011.

This brown bag lunch will be at noon at the DeKalb County Foundation’s Freight room, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

For information, visit sycamorehistory.org or call 815-895-5762.

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