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Tours offered Sunday at historic site

Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will open for tours on Sunday.
Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will open for tours on Sunday.

Experience the site where the innovative development of barbed wire happened when you visit the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center.

On Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention, see a working onsite blacksmith shop, and walk where Glidden walked.

Glidden’s brick barn, where archaeological excavation has just been completed, can be considered the monument for the invention of barbed wire, a symbol of innovation in the Midwest.

Joseph Glidden developed barbed wire in DeKalb in 1873 and went on to patent numerous other inventions. Barbed wire production continued at the Homestead site through the winter of 1873 into the spring of 1874, when the operation moved into town.

A full season of programs highlighting “Digging In” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2017. A program listing can be found at  www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html.

The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by special arrangement.

For information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org or send email to info@gliddenhomestead.org or call 815-756-7904.

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