Get your hands dirty at Glidden Homestead’s Community Dig

Published: Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 12:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 12:55 a.m. CDT
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Visitors can take part in the Glidden Homestead Community Dig in DeKalb from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors of all ages can take part in the Glidden Homestead Community Dig in DeKalb.

Eli Orrvar, a master’s candidate at Northern Illinois University and project leader of the excavation at the Joseph Glidden barn, will discuss how excavating is done and then bring attendees to dig in an active pit.

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.

Fun activities for kids to learn about archaeology will be included that day and visitors can tour Glidden’s home and see a working blacksmith shop.

The Glidden Homestead is located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway.

For information,, email or call 815-756-7904.

Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

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