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About the DAWC

The DeKalb Area Women's Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving DeKalb, IL and surrounding area. An all-volunteer community center (that was organized in late 1993) adheres to the goal of offering an ever changing variety of community experiences which will enhance the view of women in both current and historical contexts. DAWC celebrates all cultures and life styles through a variety of resources including ecological rain gardens, historic preservation of the Old Finn Hall, members' feminist library of resource materials, display gallery and low-cost performance space for emerging and established artists whose work celebrates women or highlights women's issues, and communication via bi-monthly newsletters, Facebook pages, websites which benefit the community of women and the community in general. 

The public is invited to visit the gallery, hear live music, learn about ecological rain gardens, experience historic preservation, follow DAWC on Facebook, participate in art workshops, attend the programming and become a member. DAWC is open Fridays at 7 p.m. and almost anytime by appointment at DeKalbAWC[at]

Your donation will help sustain the DAWC by supporting our programming, operations, and mission. Please visit our historic 1917 Old Finn Hall! Research shows it was "Finnished" & dedicated in 1918. 

About the Safes

At the end of 1993 we toured the building considering making it a home for the DeKalb Area Women's Center, and at that point we saw the large safe with the dial and tumbler on the door. At our request, Howard Eychaner, a mountain of a man, got down on the floor and put his ear to the safe, turning the dial and no result. It calls to mind the infamous Geraldo episode when hours were spent filming workers attempting to break into Al Capone's lost vaults in the Lexington Hotel. This too, as many of us remember, resulted in nothing. Now we know very little more about what is contained in the two 1940's (?) safes at the DeKalb Area Women's Center. That's where you come in!

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