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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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Visit GLIDDEN HOMESTEAD!
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Join Us for  2018: "Time Machine"
See 2018 Calendar HERE.

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.

Learn Blacksmithing at Glidden Homestead
More classes and instruction coming soon.
There is a fee of $20 per participant.


To sign up or for more information contact info@glidenhomestead.org
or call 815-756-7904
 

The Joseph Glidden Homestead and Historical Center invites you to Love & Life Letters 1857, a fundraiser event at Faranda's in DeKalb, Sunday, September 23, from 2 to 5 pm. 

Bring your friends for Love & Life Letters 1857!


Get your tickets HERE.

 

 

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.
 
 









 
 
2018 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 11, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a GREAT Tour!
See you in August with a new selection of 8 great DeKalb County barns.
Purchase tickets:
www.dekalbcountybarntour.com




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.
Plan your visit: 2018 Barn Tour Map

Buy 2018 tickets at the starting point or at any barn site.
See the Facebook page.
 
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921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
info@gliddenhomestead.org
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