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Hinckley Museum receives grant for repairs

Hinckley Historical Society President Bob Pritchard receives a contribution from DeKalb County Community Foundation board member Amie Carey for the museum’s emergency repairs.
Hinckley Historical Society President Bob Pritchard receives a contribution from DeKalb County Community Foundation board member Amie Carey for the museum’s emergency repairs.

The Hinckley Historical Society Museum has received a $10,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation to aid in making emergency repairs to its building.

HHS president Bob Pritchard said the society recently completed emergency repairs to its more than 70-year-old museum building where a brick wall was tipping and display windows were ready to fall endangering visitors. The repairs included a new fascia wall, museum quality windows and new appearance for the Hinckley business district.

He added that the DeKalb County Community Foundation has been of significant help to the Hinckley Historical Society since it began operating a museum in 2010 and capturing the 184-year-history of the Hinckley area.

Visitors are welcome at the museum on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at other times by calling Julie at 815-739-4721 for an appointment.

The museum at 145 E. Lincoln Ave. in Hinckley has panoramas, displays and documents that tell the story of the first settlement in DeKalb County. Visitors also will learn where the first Harlem Globetrotter game was played, the manufacture of farm field tile, the high school’s back-to-back state girl’s basketball championships and of local businesses supplying all the needs of a rural community in the early 20th century.

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