Homestead offers archive workshop

DeKALB – Preserving important papers, photographs, and other items of historic value is an important part of the mission of DeKalb’s Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center.

An archives workshop will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, between Copy Service and Burger King.

The archives workshop will showcase the work done at Glidden Homestead, along with some of its treasures. It also will give participants practical advice about labeling and preserving their own family heirlooms. Learn how archives differ from a museum and how an archive collects, preserves and makes historical records available for research. Samples of archival supplies and supply catalogs will be on display and conservation tips will be given for preserving family photos and heirlooms.

Visitors can view an exhibit of Glidden treasures and presenters will answer questions. No registration is necessary and the cost is included in museum admission.

Presenters include Cindy Ditzler, Sally DeFauw and Maureen Kelley. Ditzler, director of the Regional History Center Archives at Northern Illinois University and Glidden Homestead board member, will provide an overview of archives education, complete with preservation techniques. Glidden Homestead archivists DeFauw and Kelley will discuss their work in the homestead archives.

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 built in the 1860s still stand on their original site. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

The homestead is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the second and fourth Sundays of each month through October. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children younger than 14 and for members.

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

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