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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  2019: "Center of it All"
See 2019 Calendar HERE.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Jim Hovis: An Eye for Collecting
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Some of the most important barbed wire artifacts in recent years can be attributed to the collecting work of one man.
Jim Hovis will shed light on finding and recognizing the importance of an object even up to the absolute point of it being cast-off, torn down, or carted away.

Open for Tours 

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
Glidden Homestead 
May 2, 2019
Give DeKalb County

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Your generous donations will be put right into running and preserving Glidden Homestead. This will make certain the Homestead is maintained and continues to provide the community with great history and examples of innovation. Additionally, funds will help with the continuing restoration of Glidden's 1870s brick barn.

THANK YOU so much for YOUR SUPPORT this YEAR!!

New research by NIU History graduate student and Glidden Homestead intern Hannah Palsa over Joseph F. Glidden's Percheron horses. Glidden owned and bred Percheron horses for many years which allows for a greater understanding of Glidden's horse husbandry and impact on the Percheron draft horse. Read about the impact HERE.

2019 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 10, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

See you August 10, 2019 with a new selection of 8 great DeKalb County barns.
Purchase tickets:

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.

See the Facebook page.
921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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