Program examines Glidden Florist’s 80-year history

Published: Monday, June 6, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT
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The Glidden Florist greenhouses is pictured in 1955.

What’s it like to work day-to-day in a business that adds up to 80 years of happiness for the area? Glidden Homestead will host a program at 1 p.m. Sunday celebrating and discussing the history behind Glidden Florist’s 80 years in business.

Glidden Florist was founded by Mable Glidden in 1936 and was one of the earliest woman-owned businesses in the area.

Glidden Board Member and descendant of the founder, Sarah DeMink, who grew up working in the shop, and Wenke Hansen, noted Glidden Florist owner and area businesswoman, will present their reminiscences of the floral shop, its deep history and relationship with the community.

As part of the Homestead’s 2016 season, visitors can tour the Joseph Glidden Home where barbed wire was invented, see a working blacksmith shop and visit the 1870s brick barn currently being excavated by archaeologists.

A full season of programs highlighting “Digging Up the Past” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2016. A tentative program listing is at

The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement. For information, visit or email or call 815-756-7904.

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