Beauty of Barns discussed at Glidden Homestead

Building on the “Year of the Barn” theme, the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will host a video presentation, “The Beauty of Barns,” by barn enthusiast Carol Rowe at 1 p.m. Sunday at the homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway.

Kirkland-area resident Denny Rehn will display a variety of barn construction tools like post and beam drills, axes and what he calls a few oddball tools that visitors may not recognize.

Along with the special events, the homestead will be open for tours from noon to 4 p.m., and blacksmiths will demonstrate their trade in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop.

The historic 1860s Glidden home will be open for tours. Admission costs $4 per adult, and free for children younger than 14 and Glidden Homestead members. The homestead is a participant in the Blue Star Museums program offering free admission to active-duty military service members and their families through Labor Day.

For more information on the homestead and other programs this summer, including the DeKalb County Barn Tour on Aug. 9, in cooperation with the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, and Arts at the Barn on Aug. 10, call 815-756-7904 or visit

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