Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will open for the 2017 season, titled “Digging In,” on Sunday, May 7. Members can get a preview of the season on Saturday, May 6.
The public is welcome from noon to 4 p.m. May 7 to Opening Day, Open Barn to see the new aspects of the season. Visitors can see a working blacksmith shop and visit the 1870s brick barn recently excavated by Northern Illinois University archaeologists. Guided tours of the structure will be led by preservationist Roger Keys.
The restoration of the heritage flower beds growing in the Homestead’s front lawn will be introduced and DeKalb Troop 4 Boy Scout Jacob Hanson’s Eagle project at Glidden Homestead will be unveiled to the public.
Joseph 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 In” runs at the Glidden Homestead in 2017. A tentative program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html.
The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement.
For information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-756-7904.