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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.

A Dig into Genealogy
with Sue Breese and Marcia Wilson

1 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Genealogy has become a national pastime. For most family researchers, the thrill is in the hunt. But while getting wrapped up in the hunt we sometimes forget to document where that hunt led and how we can get back to a fact we had found. 
Sourcing facts will be discussed when DeKalb County Historian and Joiner History Room director Sue Breese and 20-year family researcher Marcia Wilson present “A Dig into Genealogy” at the Glidden Homestead.
The whys, whats, and hows of digging for those elusive facts, determining reliable sources, and documenting sources will be covered though a slide presentation and helpful handouts. Documentation of sources for both Breese and Wilson were put to the test while undergoing stringent analysis by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). To be accepted into the DAR, an applicant must document their lineage through the generations directly to their Revolutionary War ancestor using DAR acceptable sources. Breese and Wilson both had applications accepted in 2015.
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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