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A Christmas celebration at Glidden Homestead

The Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will hold a "Christmas in the 1870s" Holiday Event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. John and Mable Glidden are pictured with their son Nansen on Christmas Day 1897 in DeKalb. John was Joseph Glidden's nephew. They owned the Glidden Homestead after 1910 and lived in the house.
The Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will hold a "Christmas in the 1870s" Holiday Event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. John and Mable Glidden are pictured with their son Nansen on Christmas Day 1897 in DeKalb. John was Joseph Glidden's nephew. They owned the Glidden Homestead after 1910 and lived in the house.

DeKALB – Ever wonder what Christmas celebrations were like in the 1870s?

The Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will hold "Christmas in the 1870s" Holiday Event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can try wassail and Christmas cake, make Victorian style ornaments, such as cornucopia, gingerbread cutouts, stringing popcorn, and other fun and special surprises.

“Christmas in the 1870s differs in many ways from our modern experience of Christmas,” Rob Glover, executive director of Glidden Homestead, said in a news release. “What the trees, the decorations, the foods – and even the candy – looked like in the 1870s is so unlike what we commonly see today and, still, they are tremendously festive and special.”

Visitors can tour the Joseph Glidden’s Home where barbed wire was invented, see a working blacksmith shop, and visit the 1870s brick barn currently being excavated.

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.

The Glidden Homestead, located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

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

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