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Summer tours set at barbed wire site

Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will be open for tours from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will be open for tours from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

DeKALB – Visitors can experience the site where the innovative development of barbed wire happened when they tour the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Glidden’s brick barn can be considered the monument for the invention of barbed wire, a symbol of innovation in the Midwest, the workshop of an iconic inventor. It has been called “the most important barn in the country.” Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

“Summer is the perfect time to see and enjoy Glidden Homestead,” Rob Glover, executive director of Glidden Homestead, said in a news release. “There’s something for everyone to connect with their history both inside and outside.”

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 into the spring of 1874.

A full season of programs highlighting this year’s theme, “Time Machine,” continues at the Glidden Homestead.

The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

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

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