Operations of the Homestead are funded through events like the annual DeKalb County Barn Tour, memberships, donations, and small grants. Your contribution through these means is critical to the continued preservation and development of the Homestead!

An important fund-raising campaign is underway to raise funds for major restoration and expansion. Included in the plan is purchasing adjacent property for an Education Center to highlight not only Joseph Glidden's invention of barbed wire but innovations and work of other regional icons who have contributed significantly to DeKalb County and the northern Illinois region. Extensive restoration of the interior of the barn and development into farm-related exhibit space is also planned.

Your contribution to the Capital Fund will be greatly appreciated!
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