Calendar

2014  SEASON "THE YEAR OF THE BARN"

Open every Tuesday May 20 through Nov. 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Open 2nd and 4th Sundays June through October, noon-4 p.m.
Special events in May and November, see below.

APRIL 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014: 6th annual "Divas Dish for Glidden Homestead" fund raiser
Tickets are 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, collectables, memorabilia, local business gift certificates, and much more! Call or email (info@gliddenhomestead.org) for tickets, or see a participating chef or Glidden board member. Click here for a flyer listing participating chefs and sponsors! 

MAY 2014
Tuesday Tours (beginning May 20): 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 18: Opening Day/Open Barn, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Opening day of the season, with your one chance all year to tour the historic red-brick barn where barbed wire was first manufactured. Tours by architectural preservationist Roger Keys. Also tours of the Glidden home and blacksmith demonstrations. Admission applies.

JUNE 2014
Tuesday Tours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 8, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.
1:00 p.m. Puppets at the Barn. Salem Lutheran puppets will perform a delightful show on the lawn about Joseph Glidden and his barbed wire invention.
Sponsored by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

Sunday, June 22, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Kids Day at the Barn. Kids, come try your hand at kid-friendly blacksmithing using clay and a mallet. Bring the family for a day of old-time games and activities, from horseshoes and drop the clothespin the bottle to an indoor scavenger hunt. Watch blacksmith demonstrations and tour the Homestead too.

JULY 2014
Tuesday Tours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 13, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tools of Yesteryear. The antique tool collection of Denny Rehn will be exhibited during the month of July. Tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.

Sunday, July 27, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.
1:00 p.m. Showing of "The Beauty of Barns," a 1-hour video presentation by Carol Rowe. This will be the last opportunity to view the Denny Rehn antique tool collection.

AUGUST 2014
Tuesday Tours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 9, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
DeKalb County Barn Tour. A driving tour of 5 DeKalb area barns, plus the Glidden Homestead barn and historic site, and the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association gallery. Enjoy 6 different styles of barn architecture and various activities related to farming throughout the tour. Photography is encouraged. Carload tickets are $20 and include a tour booklet and map. Homestead and DAAHA members receive $5 discount.

Sunday, August 10, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Arts at the Barn. Enjoy an afternoon of perusing booths filled with artwork by local craftsmen on the lawn of the Homestead. Admission to the craft show is free. Regular admission applies for tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.

Sunday, August 24 - CLOSED

SEPTEMBER 2014
Tuesday Tours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.
1:00 p.m. Archive Workshop. More topic specific info to come.

Sunday, September 28, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.
1:00 Patents and Copyrights, presentation by Yolanda King. Historical significance and how-tos for today.

OCTOBER 2014
Tuesday Tours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 12, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.
1:00 "The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance," with Stephen Parry.
This program is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars program and the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. The presentation is FREE. Regular admission applies for tours of the Homestead.

Sunday, October 26, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tours of the 1861 home and blacksmith demonstrations.

NOVEMBER 2014
Tuesday Tours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Sunday, Nov. 2, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Patent Day Celebration commemorating Joseph Glidden's barbed wire patent of "The Winner," November 24, 1874, with special displays, guided tours of the 1861 home, and  blacksmith demonstrations in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop. 

Sunday, Nov. 2, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tours. Guided bus tours of DeKalb barbed wire sites, including Glidden's historic red-brick barn. Tour disembarks at several locations. Reservations required. Tickets $15 per person, $12 for Homestead members; both include admission to the Homestead. 

Nov. 16, Sunday, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Holiday Open House

CLOSED November 17 to mid-May
OPEN mid-May to November

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