Holiday stories, fun set at Glidden Homestead

Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will host its holiday event on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.
Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will host its holiday event on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

DeKALB – The Glidden Homestead will host its annual Holiday Event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include holiday goodies and tours and at 1 p.m. special guest Mayor Jerry Smith will read holiday stories.

Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

“The Glidden home has played host to 137 Glidden family holidays since its construction,” Rob Glover, executive director of Glidden Homestead, said in a news release. “This year marks the 20th Christmas since the house became a museum. Everyone is invited to come to discover new traditions and to recall their own traditions.”

Visitors can tour the Joseph Glidden’s home where barbed wire was invented, see a working blacksmith shop, and visit the 1870s brick barn currently being excavated.

The Glidden Homestead and Historical Center’s 2019 theme is “Center of It All.” Glidden’s invention of barbed wire greatly impacted the community, yet his overall focus was on developing that community for the next 30 years. The 2019 events will explore the ways the Glidden Homestead is a force in building a prosperous and vibrant community – preserving and sharing the unique history of the community, creating destinations where families, businesses and visitors want to be, and building cultural diversity, artistic expression, natural environment and social interactions that enrich our lives. Look for a full season of programs soon at

The Glidden Homestead, located 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 more information, visit, email or call 815-756-7904.

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