DeKALB – One hundred years ago, the American forces were just escalating their role in World War I. At the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center in DeKalb you can see what the Marines carried when they arrived at the front.
On Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can preview the exhibit of World War I Marine Corps equipment and find out about the local Glidden connection. Clinton Rosette Glidden, a DeKalb native and a Glidden relation who fought as a Marine, will be featured in programs and tours later this summer. Visitors also can see a working blacksmith shop and Glidden’s brick barn, where archaeological excavation has recently been completed.
Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.
“This exhibit will help people unpack much of what it meant to be a Marine in World War I,” Rob Glover, executive director of Glidden Homestead, said in a news release. “This equipment is uncommon and the exhibit is a rare chance to see what they carried with them into the fierce battles they experienced, some of the fiercest fighting of the war.”
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 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, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-756-7904.