Glidden Homestead looking for volunteers

DeKALB – Glidden Homestead & Historical Center will host a volunteer orientation at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11.

The homestead opens for the season on May 19 and can use volunteers in many areas. From teaching to technology and archives to restoration, the homestead can put volunteers’ talent or passion to use.

Orientation will last about 90 minutes and will include a tour and history of the homestead, future plans for the site and details about how volunteers can contribute to continued development.

In addition to docents, help is needed with gardening, building maintenance, technology, collections processing, special events and general office tasks.

Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, is the site where Joseph F. Glidden invented “The Winner” barbed wire in 1874. His home and nationally significant barn were the first sites in DeKalb County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The homestead is open for tours on Tuesdays from May through November and also the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The site is manned and maintained entirely by community volunteers, with the exception of a part-time executive director. 

Those interested in learning at the orientation should RSVP to 815-756-7904 or More information is available at

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