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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, September 28, 1:00 p.m.
Patents and Copyrights

Glidden held patents on a number of farm related tools and equipment besides barbed wire. Yolanda King, Assistant Professor at the NIU College of Law, will discuss the historical significance of patents and how the process works today. The program is included in museum admission.

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

Watch for registration information coming soon!

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