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Marines in the Great War presented at Glidden Homestead

A presentation on Clinton Glidden, a Marine from DeKalb who fought in World War I, will be offered Sunday at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center in DeKalb.
A presentation on Clinton Glidden, a Marine from DeKalb who fought in World War I, will be offered Sunday at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center in DeKalb.

DeKALB – One hundred years ago this week, DeKalb Marine Clinton Glidden fought his final battle in World War I.

Visitors to the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center at 2 p.m. Sunday and can learn about the mysteries surrounding his story and see what the Marines carried when they arrived at the front.

Historian and collector Jeremiah Moore-Moauro will give a historical overview of the deployment of the Marines in World War I and the specific context that their equipment addresses. Glidden Homestead executive director Rob Glover will detail Clint Glidden’s experiences through military sources, photos and Glidden’s own letters.

Visitors also can see a working onsite blacksmith shop. Glidden’s brick barn, where archaeological excavation has just been completed, can be visited, too. Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

“History in context, that is what this exhibit provides to visitors who are curious to learn what Clint Glidden experienced during the months, days and hours leading up to his final moments July 19, 1918,” Moore-Moauro said in a news release. “As important as the narrative of Clint’s actions in France is, the physical items displayed here in the museum help people connect with his story in a tangible way.”

Currently enrolled in the history program at Northern Illinois University, and preparing to pursue his masters in 2019, Moore-Moauro not only is a late 19th/early 20th century American historian, but has studied extensively the history of the United States Marine Corps. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has helped several local and out-of-state museums with developing exhibits centered around the Great War’s centennial, including ongoing projects for the Rock Island Arsenal and Marine Corps Historical Company.

Once his master’s work is completed, Moore-Moauro plans to pursue his doctorate with the intent of teaching American history on the collegiate level. He also plans to enter the field of museum work professionally, focusing on exhibit development and collections curation.

A full season of programs highlighting the theme “Time Machine” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2018. A 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. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

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

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