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Show off your fascinating finds at Glidden Homestead

Visitors to the Glidden Homestead in DeKalb on Sunday can view Annie’s Attic, a special antique sale of items donated to the homestead.
Visitors to the Glidden Homestead in DeKalb on Sunday can view Annie’s Attic, a special antique sale of items donated to the homestead.

Do you have a favorite object with a special story, a unique history or a remarkable tale of how you found it?

Share your fascinating finds and learn more about other people's objects from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Glidden Homestead in DeKalb. Visitors also can view Annie’s Attic, a special pop-up version of the popular antique sale of items donated to Glidden Homestead for this purpose. Local history expert Steve Bioglin will be on hand to discuss the background of the objects and explain their historical context.

In addition, visitors can tour the museum and the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created barbed wire, see a working onsite blacksmith shop, and walk where Glidden walked. Glidden’s brick barn, where archaeological excavation was reccently 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.

The Glidden Homestead is located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

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

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