Homestead marks Glidden's 200th birthday

DeKALB – Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at the homestead’s Welcome Center, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

The program will include a presentation by the homestead’s blacksmiths, who are creating an iron scroll work frame for new signage in the museum’s front yard. The meeting will include recognition of people who have donated historic items to the homestead and a PowerPoint review of 2012. A birthday cake will be served, honoring the 200th anniversary of Joseph F. Glidden’s birth.

Officers and board members will be elected in a brief business meeting. The positions have been tentatively filled; officers and board members will be installed after the formal vote at the meeting.

Svetlana Henrikson has agreed to serve a third year as president. Jan Devore will serve as vice president, Cindy Ditzler as secretary, Kenda Jeske as treasurer and Kathy Siebrasse as past president.

Steven “Kepp” Johnson has agreed to serve an additional three-year term. Other board members are Phil Bennett, Sarah Glidden DeMink, Richard Glidden, Jeff J. Marshall and Jim Morel. Marcia Wilson, executive director, is an ex-officio member.

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 house and barn still stand on West Lincoln Highway.

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

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