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Joseph F. Glidden Homestead hosts Art at the Barn Sunday

Whether you’re looking for that perfect art piece or just looking, don’t miss Art at the Barn on the grounds of the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nearly 20 local artists will show and sell their work Sunday. Items include sculpture, jewelry, painting, quilting, fiber arts and more. Admission to the art show is free.

From noon to 4 p.m. the same day, as part of the Homestead’s 2016 season, “Digging Up the Past,” visitors can tour the Joseph Glidden’s Home where barbed wire was invented, see a working blacksmith shop, and visit the 1870s brick barn being excavated by archaeologists.

Glidden developed barbed wire in DeKalb in 1873 and went on to patent numerous other inventions. Barbed wire production continued at the Homestead site through the winter of 1873 into the spring of 1874, when the operation moved into town.

A full season of programs highlighting “Digging Up the Past” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2016. A tentative program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html.

The Glidden Homestead, located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement.

For more information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, email info@gliddenhomestead.org or call 815-756-7904.

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