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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, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
he Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance," with Stephen Parry. This presentation is FREE thanks to the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars program and the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. Regular admission applies for tours of the Homestead, noon-4 p.m.

Sunday, October 28, noon-4:00 p.m.
Blacksmithing with the Community Big Read. Would you expect to find a blacksmith character in a fantasy novel? Read DeKalb Public Library's 2014 Big Read, Wizard of Earthsea, then come to the Homestead and learn more about blacksmithing, where demonstrations will be given in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop. Kids can try their hand at a kid-friendly blacksmithing activity too! Tours and activities are free, thanks to the DeKalb Public Library.

Sunday, November 1, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour

Sites on the tour this year will showcase barbed wire baron Jacob Haish. Tickets are now available at $15 each, $12 for Homestead members. Get yours soon, as buses fill fast. Pre-registration is required--call or email the Homestead. The two-hour tours will be lead by DeKalb historian Steve Bigolin and Haish descendant Jeff Marshall.

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