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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!


Saturday, April 26, 2014: 6th annual "Divas Dish for Glidden Homestead" fund raiser
Tickets now on sale--$30 each or 2/$50. Enjoy a fabulous array of tasty dishes--from appetizers to dessert, charmingly presented by local "divas"! Chat with friends over a drink while enjoying musical entertainment by Cymbal! And keep an eye on the silent auction--delicious home-baked goodies, collectibles, memorabilia, local business gift certificates, and much more! Tickets: 815-756-7904 or info@gliddenhomestead.org or see a participating chef or Glidden board member. Click here for a flyer listing participating chefs and sponsors! 

 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Help us earn matching funds! All you need on May 6 is Internet access and your debit or credit card. Give by going directly to our GIVE LOCAL PAGE. Thank you for supporting Glidden Homestead in this DeKalb County Community Foundation-sponsored fundraiser!

Opening Day, Sunday, May 18, 2014, noon-4:00 p.m.
The tour season opens with the one day all year to step inside the historic all brick barn where barbed wire was first manufactured. Guided tours of Glidden's 1861 farm home and blacksmith demonstrations give visitors insight into the development of "The Barb City."

Sunday, August 10, 2014: Arts at the Barn, noon-4:00 p.m.
Local artists are invited to participate, exhibit, and sell their craft. For more info see Letter of Invitation and Application.

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