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Collector shares treasures at Glidden Homestead

Music boxes, toys and inventive fun with recyclables will be explored as part of Dave Miner’s exhibit Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, at the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, DeKalb.

Miner’s DeKalb home is a Christmas wonderland year-round, thanks to his ingenuity and inventive mind. His “hobby” started with one small motorized musical carousel and now fills three floors of his home, including Santa’s workshops and musical boxes of all types.

Miner has agreed to display some of his collection at the Glidden Homestead this fall, and will be present all three Sundays to help describe items from his collection.

On Nov. 18, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors to the museum at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, can view music boxes and carousels, trains, dollhouses and much more. At 1 p.m., Miner will give a presentation and participants will be able to make a holiday item out of recyclables to take home.

In preparation for the event, participants are asked to bring empty cereal boxes, round oatmeal boxes, round plastic bottle caps of all sizes, milk bottles and old Christmas cards. Activities will include making a holiday card holder, houses, trains and train cars from the boxes.

The Nov. 18 Holiday Open House also will feature refreshments, the working blacksmith shop, tours and a chance to buy one-of-a-kind DeKalb-related items in the Gift Shop, just in time for the holidays. 

As a not-for-profit corporation, the Glidden Homestead is run by a 15-member board, including two Glidden family members. Support for work at the Homestead has come primarily from a membership base, local and regional donations, along with some state and regional grants. The house and barn at the Homestead are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.      

Admission is free for Glidden Homestead members; or $4 for adults; children younger than 14 are free.

For more information about the Homestead, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org or call 815-756-7904.

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