Illinois Souvenirs

Exclusive Commemorative Sycamore & DeKalb Gifts

Over 17 different images in Greeting Cards,  Postcards,  Ceramic Coasters,  Towels, Aprons, Frameable Prints, Key Chains  & Magnets, Bookmarks, and more! All original designs, made in the USA

Home Sweet Home Wooden Signs for local Illinois towns

Custom Home Sweet Home wooden Signs, made in the USA.  12×4 with Hanging Jute Rope.  Available Towns:

  • Clare
  • Cortland
  • DeKalb
  • Elburn
  • Kirkland
  • Kingston
  • Genoa
  • Malta
  • Maple Park
  • Rochelle
  • Sycamore
  • Waterman
Sycamore Apparel

Get your Sycamore, Illinois Sweatshirts, T-Shirts and Hats! Sweatshirt is available in sizes: Infant to Adult 3XL.

Local Authors

In Search of a Fair Wind: The Sea Letters of Georgia Townsend Yates
In 1891, twenty-four-year-old Georgia Townsend Yates packed up her infant daughter and left her affluent life in the farming town of Sycamore, Illinois, to journey halfway around the world.  For fifteen months, Georgia lived in the closed-off world of her husband’s ship, the Willie Reed.  To record her journey, she wrote letters to her mother back in Sycamore.  Her sea letters show pluck and humor and provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a captain’s wife who does everything from mending shirts to hunting albatross.  Georgia’s insights on first-time motherhood, maritime domesticity, and even mutiny are as fresh and exciting today as when she wrote them. Supplemental material by historian Clint Cargile provides further context  for the life and world of Georgia Townsend Yates.  Her prominent family carved their path from New York to Illinois, bringing big ideas about industry and equality with them.   Inheriting her family’s wanderlust, Georgia followed her heart to the far side o the world before carving her own path in Maine and then Boise, Idaho.  Her letter share the glory and tedium of an ocean voyage and exemplify her life-long quest In Search of a Fair Wind. Price $15.00 Sorry Sweet Earth green bag discount & coupons cannot be applied to this book.

Five-Mile Spur Line: A History of Sycamore, Illinois
Five-Mile Spur Line-Writer & historian Clint Cargile brings Sycamore’s unique railroad history to life. He weaves the story of the Sycamore & Cortland Railroad into the history of the city itself, showing that Sycamore owes its very existence to the five miles of railroad track that served as a gateway to commerce, culture, and a century of American progress. 95% of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to DeKalb County Community Foundation.New Reduced Price $15.00 regular price was $30.00. Sorry Sweet Earth green bag discount & coupons cannot be applied to this book.

Hybrid Corn & Purebread People. Volume II
Barry Schrader, local author, editor, and historian will release the sequel to his first book, “Hybrid Corn & Purebread People” which contains 100 columns from the Daily Chronicle published in 2010. The new book, entitled “Hybrid Corn & Purebread People, Volume 2″ is 208 pages, containing 100 columns written between 2010 and 2014, with more than 600 local names, and 160 photos, some 40 of them not previously published in the newspaper. Sorry Sweet Earth green bag discount & coupons cannot be applied to this book.

Through the Fires: An American Business Story of Turbulence, Triumph, and Giving Back” the true story as told by Robert Carr with co-author, and local resident, Dick Johnson, and Sycamore High School alumni Michael McMillan and Anne Carrigan McMillan, who advised, designed, and produced the book. $14.95. Sorry Sweet Earth green bag discount & coupons cannot be applied to this book.