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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!


Join Us for  2016: "Digging Up the Past"

Regular hours: 2nd & 4th Sundays, Noon-4 p.m., June-October,
with special events in May and November.
Also open 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.

Sunday, October 23

Archaeology Community Dig

Your chance to do archaeology! Come dig with the archaeologists at the 1870s Glidden brick barn.  
Sunday, November 6
11 am and 2 pm
Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour
Limited tickets available. Pre-registration required. 
Get registration form HERE.
For more details email info@gliddenhomestead.org .

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.

2016 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 13, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thank you to all who attended! See you next year with a new selection of 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.

View this year's great two-page map! MAP 1 and MAP 2.
See the Facebook page.
Click here for the 2016 Barn Tour brochure.
921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
Map It!

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