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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!


Sunday, September 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Archives Workshop: Managing Photographs in a Family Collection
This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about preserving photo images electronically. It will include an introduction to digital images; types of scanning equipment; how to scan photos; organization of photos; and options in storing and preserving digital photos. The workshop is included in museum admission.

Sunday, September 28, 1:00 p.m.
Patents and Copyrights

Glidden held patents on a number of farm related tools and equipment besides barbed wire. Yolanda King, Assistant Professor at the NIU College of Law, will discuss the historical significance of patents and how the process works today. The program is included in museum admission.

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