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Joseph Farwell Glidden's invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead in DeKalb, IL, is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Both the home and the barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome your visit and encourage your membership!


Join Us for  2016: "Digging Up the Past"

Regular hours: 2nd & 4th Sundays, Noon-4 p.m., June-October,
with special events in May and November.
Also open Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

And by special arrangement.
Call or email for details.

Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

Sunday, July 24 Peter Espe "Post Cards of DeKalb"

Talk begins at 1:30
Peter Espe, originally from this area, will make a presentation that will show some of his more than 150 postcard images of the DeKalb area. Post cards featuring historical views of NIU, downtown, the library, industry, and civic scenes, among other areas, will be shown and discussed. Together, the collection demonstrates how our towns and cities change over time.                
2016 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 13, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center and the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association.
Participants will receive a map Guide Book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn and the barn’s history, style, and use. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s), including many interiors. Purchase your event ticket at any of the eight locations. Be aware that this is an outdoor activity that may involve walking on uneven ground.
Admission is $25 per vehicle (buses extra) (Museum members receive a 25% discount). Bus groups are welcome. For more details contact us at (815) 756-7904 or info@gliddenhomestead.org.

Advance tickets will be available at https://dekalbcountybarntour.yapsody.com. During the event, August 13, 2016, tickets may be purchased at any location. 

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Click here for the 2016 Barn Tour brochure.
2016 Arts at the Barn vendor forms are available HERE.
Sign up today!

921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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