Bus tour features sites from Glidden’s life

DeKALB – Local sites significant to the life of Joseph F. Glidden will be featured on the annual Barbed Wire Historic Sites Bus Tours on Sunday, Nov. 3.

The tours are part of the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center’s Patent Day celebration. This year’s event continues the homestead’s celebration of the 200th year since Glidden’s birth.

Historian Steve Bigolin will conduct the tours, which will depart at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and last about two hours. Seating is limited and patrons are encouraged to register early. The tours will depart from the homestead and will be led by Bigolin with additional insight from Glidden board member Jeff Marshall.

The Glidden barn will also be open Nov. 3, and historic preservationist Roger Keys will talk about its construction and history. The working blacksmith shop will be open, with special displays and homestead tours available from noon to 4 p.m.

Glidden received a U.S. patent for his barbed wire design, “The Winner,” on Nov. 24, 1874. Many sites around DeKalb played an important role in Glidden’s invention of the wire. Sites on the bus tour include Founders Memorial Library, the Ellwood House Visitors Center, the old DeKalb Public Hospital, Northern Illinois University, downtown DeKalb, and Fairview Park and Evergreen cemeteries.

Tickets are $12 for homestead members or $15 for nonmembers, and include the tour and access to the entire homestead museum and barn from noon to 4 p.m. For reservations, call 815-756-7904 or email info@gliddenhomestead.org with the tour time you prefer, your name, the number of people in your party and a phone number. Checks can be mailed in advance to 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Credit card orders may be placed by phone. For more information, visit gliddenhomestead.org.

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