DeKALB – Some of the most important barbed wire artifacts in recent years can be attributed to the collecting work of one man.
A program featuring Jim Hovis, longtime collector of local and barbed wire history, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.
Hovis will share and discuss stories of recovering and saving key elements of our heritage. Former president of the Land of Lincoln Barbed Wire Association, Hovis is the CEO of Luxis International Inc. and Hovis Light Industrial Park Inc. He will shed light on finding and recognizing the importance of an object even up to the absolute point of it being cast off, torn down or carted away. One of his discoveries in 1978 would take 38 years to uncover its true significance.
“Few people have Jim Hovis’ deep dedication to preserving and safeguarding historically significant structures and artifacts,” Rob Glover, Glidden Homestead executive director, said in a news release. “He has a unique, long-term vision, developed over time, for understanding and grasping an artifact’s importance. His life has been a testament to rescues – of structures, of businesses and of nearly lost relics of the past.”
Also on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can tour the museum and home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created barbed wire and see a working onsite blacksmith shop. Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.
A full season of programs highlighting the theme “Center of It All” continues at the Homestead in 2019. A program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html. The Homestead is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays 10-2 or by special arrangement. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.