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Glidden Homestead to remain open year-round for tours

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on 12/08/2015

Glidden Homestead to remain open year-round for tours
Glidden Homestead to remain open year-round for tours
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 1:02 p.m. CST
Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will remain open year-round for tours of the National Historical Site. The Homestead’s season typically ended by December and started again in May.
But now guests can experience the site where the innovative development of barbed wire happened when they visit throughout the winter.
From now until May, visit and tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention and walk where Glidden walked.
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 to 1883.
A full season of programs highlighting “Digging Up the Past” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2016. A tentative program listing can be found at  http://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.
For more information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, email info@gliddenhomestead.org or call 815-756-7904.
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