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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, July 8
Tours of Glidden Homestead

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

The Joseph Glidden Homestead and Historical Center invites you to an evening…In the Vineyard, a fundraiser event at the Waterman Winery, Saturday, July 28, from 5 to 9 pm. 

Tour the vineyard, enjoy six wine tastings, and take home a bottle of wine. Savor the creations of Chef Rudy Galindo and taste the treats of The Confectionary, all to the music of the Bobby Schiff Band. 
Tickets are available at the Glidden Homestead, the Waterman Winery, Helen’s Hair Designs, American Title of Sycamore, 1st National Bank, and online.

Bring your friends for an evening…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: 2018 Barn Tour Map

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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