Recycled holiday display at homestead

DeKALB – Music boxes, toys and inventive fun with recyclables will be explored in the Dave Miner exhibit at the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center in DeKalb Nov. 4 and 18.

Miner’s DeKalb home is a Christmas wonderland year-round, thanks to his ingenuity and inventive mind. His hobby started with one small motorized musical carousel and now fills three floors of his home and includes Santa’s workshops and music boxes of all types.

Miner has agreed to display some of his collection at the Glidden Homestead this fall, and will be present to help describe items from his collection.

From noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4 and 18, visitors to the museum, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, can view music boxes and carousels, trains, dollhouses and much more. At 1 p.m. Nov. 18, Miner will give a presentation and participants will be able to make a holiday item out of recyclables to take home. In preparation for the event, participants are asked to bring empty cereal boxes, round oatmeal boxes, round plastic bottle caps of all sizes, milk bottles and old Christmas cards. Activities will include making a holiday card holder, houses, trains and train cars.

The Nov. 18 Holiday Open House also will feature refreshments, the working blacksmith shop, tours and a chance to buy one-of-a-kind DeKalb-related items in the Gift Shop just in time for the holidays.

Admission to events is free to Glidden Homestead members and children younger than 14. Nonmember adults are admitted for $4. For more information, visit or call 815-756-7904.

Holiday Open House

Noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4 and 18

Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

See some of Dave Miner’s collection of holiday decorations and view displays of music boxes, carousels, trains, dollhouses and more. At 1 p.m. Nov. 18 Miner will give a presentation and visitors can make their own holiday item out of repurposed household items.

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