Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

By mid-November of each year, the Ellwood mansion is decked for the holidays. Tour guides lead visitors room-by-room and deliver the history of the home while guests delight in the gilt and stenciled ceilings, rich woodwork, and elegant holiday decorations. Then, during the first weekend of December, things become even more festive as the mansion comes alive with twinkling lights, …

Making Dreams Come True

When NIU engineering student Oleseun Taiwo designed a prosthetic hand for a 12-year-old violinist, he made a difference in both of their lives. Playing the violin was a challenge for Sarah Valentiner, who was born without a right hand. With the help of the custom prosthesis Taiwo designed, making beautiful music just became easier. “When I started in engineering I …

Huntley MS Students Qualify for the ILMEA Competition

These Huntley Middle School students qualified for the ILMEA competition which will be held on November 19th at DeKalb High School.  Congratulations! BAND INSTRUMENT John (Billy) Adams (8) Bb Clarinet Annie Tyrrell (8) Trumpet Leah Valentiner (7) Flute Annika Burchell (7) Percussion Brianna Castillo (7) Percussion ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT Tess Moreno (8) Cello Sara Valentiner (8) Violin CHORUS Voice Ester Bugumba (7) Alto Bella De La Cruz (8) Soprano Amber …

KaBOOM! NIU STEAM Works named Play Everywhere Challenge finalist

Competition will fund play spaces in unexpected places in cities across America NIU STEAM Works has been selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award funding to outside-the-box ideas that make play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the United States. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, …

Actress Barbara Hale Born in DeKalb

Barbara Hale (born April 18, 1922) is an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on more than 270 episodes of the long-running Perry Mason television series. She reprised the role in 30 Perry Mason movies for television. Barbara Hale was born in DeKalb, Illinois, to Luther Ezra Hale, a landscape gardener, and his wife, Wilma …

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Thrilled with NIU Intern Victoria Diemer

Victoria Diemer is a senior at Northern Illinois University, pursuing a BA in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) with a minor in Psychology. She has recently become much more involved in DeKalb. “I have the privilege of working with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra (KSO) as their intern for my final semester at NIU,” Victoria explains. The internship program is …

NIU Intern Finishing School Year at Egyptian Theatre

Brandon Pugh a Northern Illinois University student has interned with the Egyptian Theatre for the 2015-2016 school year as part of a special program through the NIU Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development and the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership.  He is graduating the end of this semester with a B.A. in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement with a minor in …

NIU Intern Makes Community-Wide Impact

As a proud member of the DeKalb community, NGOLD-DCNP intern and NIU senior, Wesley Richter, understands the importance of giving back to the local community. Wes came to Glidden Homestead as the current President of NIU Public Relations Student Society of America, a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and a member of Red Riot — NIU’s student-fan organization …

NIU alumna, three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen relishing TV role

After decades of film work, actress and NIU alumna Joan Allen is relishing the experience of her “kind of, sort of” first television series. Allen, theatre arts ’89, starred for one season in the HBO series “Luck” and for six episodes of the AMC series “The Killing.” But “The Family,” airing at 8 p.m. CST Sundays on ABC, is the …

Author Julia Alvarez Spoke to Packed Audience at DeKalb Library

A most picture perfect event happened at the DeKalb Public Library on March 22nd….a blend of the young, old, white, black, brown, English-speaking, non-English speaking, and many more faces attended a memorable presentation by author Julia Alvarez. There were slightly over 200 people in the Yusunas Room to hear a remarkable and passionate world-renowned author talk about the importance of …