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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  2018: "Time Machine"
See 2018 Calendar HERE.

Sunday, June 24
Arts at the Barn

Exhibit and sale of art by local artists.
Free art show on the lawn.

Open For Tours
noon to 4:00 p.m.

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

Arts at the Barn

Participate at Arts at the Barn, scheduled for Sunday, June 24th. 
Exhibit and sale of art by local artists.
More information HERE. Please call email if you have any questions or email. Call (815 756-7904) or email info@gliddenhomestead.org.

...in the Vineyard 
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.

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: 2017 Barn Tour Map pg 1 Barn Tour Map pg 2 

Buy 2018 tickets at the starting point or at any barn site.
See the Facebook page.
Click here for the 2017 Barn Tour brochure.
921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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