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Students Collaborate with new DeKalb County History Center in Illinois


High school students in DeKalb County, Illinois have teamed up with DeKalb County History Center to contribute their insights to the conversation around how the area is changing and making videos for Museum on Main Street's Stories: YES initiative. Since January, students have been conducting interviews with farmers, peers and others to explore the future of agriculture. The program is a true county-wide effort involving a number of people, schools, nonprofits and businesses to produce stories.

The History Center is opening a new facility which welcomes innovative collaborations across all members of the community, young and old. MoMS exhibition Crossroads: Change in Rural America is an opportunity to celebrate this. Executive Director Michelle Donahoe explains, “This is a student-led initiative that will be part of the Smithsonian exhibit, but we will continue to offer programs like this as an opportunity for students to be a part of the history center’s local exhibits.”

Students are continuing to make final edits so their work can be displayed during the run of the exhibition which opens on Saturday, May 11th, 2019, along with the opening of the new History Center. Stories will be displayed locally and published here on Stories from Main Street. Check back as stories are linked to this post in the coming weeks!

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