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Take tour of barbed wire national historical 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.

“If you’ve never visited Glidden Homestead before, there are so many additions to the interior to see,” Rob Glover, executive director of Glidden Homestead, said in a news relase. “But if you’ve never visited, this is a perfect time to remedy that.”

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 this year’s theme, “Time Machine,” continues at the Glidden Homestead. A program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html.

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

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