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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!


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Join Us for  2017: "Digging In"
See 2017 Calendar HERE.
OPEN
Regular hours: 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, May 21 noon to 4:00 p.m. 
Open For Tours


Tour Glidden Homestead! See the National Register site where barbed wire was invented, visit the museum, and tour Joseph Glidden's 1861 house. Working on-site blacksmith shop in action the whole day!

Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.
New research by NIU History student and Glidden Homestead intern Jeanette Volintine on Glidden Family Heraldry. This is an important read for understanding heraldry in America and your own family's heraldry. Read it HERE.
 
 









 
 
2017 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 12, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

See you in August with a new selection of great DeKalb County barns in the Waterman/Shabbona Area.
   



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.


Buy 2017 tickets HERE.
See the Facebook page.
Click here for the 2016 Barn Tour brochure.
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921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
info@gliddenhomestead.org
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