DeKALB – The Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will open for the season May 6.
From noon to 4 p.m., the public is invited to Opening Day, Open Barn to see the new aspects of the Homestead’s 2018 season, tour Joseph Glidden’s Home and Homestead where barbed wire was invented, see a working blacksmith shop, and visit the 1870s brick barn recently excavated by Northern Illinois University archaeologists.
This year’s theme is “Time Machine” and will highlight key aspects of history from the Ice Age to the 21st century, innovation in machines of agriculture and industry, and the ways our history remains with us and informs our everyday lives.
“‘Time Machine’ focuses on both ‘time’ and ‘machine’ and then brings the two ideas together to help you experience the liveliness of the past,” Rob Glover, executive director of Glidden Homestead, said in a news release. “Our interactions with key machines help define our past – from the machines that Joseph Glidden invented, to the machinery that drove DeKalb’s industrial development, through the World War I machines used in 1918.”
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.
Glidden built the Glidden House Hotel in downtown DeKalb that opened in 1877. In June 1879, J.F. Glidden Publishing bought the DeKalb County Chronicle that had been started earlier that year. Glidden was mayor of DeKalb from 1881-1883.
A full season of programs highlighting “Time Machine” runs at the Glidden Homestead in 2018. A tentative program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html.
The Glidden Homestead is at 921 W. Lincoln Highway. Admission is $4 an adult and free for children younger than 14.
For information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-756-7904.