Vocal group closes Music at the Homestead season

DeKALB – Music group Cymbal will present the final performance in this season’s Music at the Homestead series at the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center in DeKalb. The women’s vocal group will sing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

The homestead will be open for tours from noon until 4 p.m., and the on-site blacksmith shop will be open and operating. The concert will be held in the home’s backyard if weather permits or inside if it rains.

The Homestead is the site where Joseph Glidden invented and manufactured “The Winner” barbed wire, for which he received a patent on Nov. 24, 1874. The 1860s-era house and barn still stand on their original site, between Copy Service and Burger King on West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

Cymbal has been making music together since 2001. Each of the group’s six members has years of personal musical experience, but the women joined together to stir listeners to consider new ways of thinking about the world.

Skillfully weaving together humorous and heartbreaking songs, Cymbal strives to do more than entertain in their performances.

The group performs folk, South African, Native American and traditional Appalachian songs, spirituals and original compositions. Some songs are performed a cappella; members also play a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and jug.

Glidden Homestead board past president Kathy Siebrasse said the Sunday afternoon musical events have brought a new audience to visit one of DeKalb’s true historic gems.

“Glidden’s invention is a great American story. His innovation not only affected DeKalb County, but it had far-reaching impact on the development of the American West and ultimately the world,” she said.

The Glidden Homestead has undertaken a $2 million fund drive to help expand the museum campus and to complete restoration of the house and barn.

“We have a unique opportunity to develop the property as a center for education and innovation that secures its place in history and also enriches our area as a cultural destination point,” Siebrasse said.

Admission to events is free to Glidden Homestead members and to children younger than 14. Adult admission is $4.

For more information, visit or call 815-756-7904.

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