Holiday at the Homestead

Join us for “Holiday at the Homestead!”

The historic J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center will host its “Holiday at the Homestead” open house on Sunday, December 3, from 12-4 p.m. at the museum, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb.

Annie’s Story Time, a children’s story time provided by the DeKalb Public Library, will begin at 1 p.m. Musical entertainment will begin at 2 p.m., provided by a string quartet from DeKalb High School Music Boosters. There will be a craft station for children and Christmas cookies provided. The museum’s gift shop will feature a variety of stocking stuffers for purchase, including candy canes and bottle openers hand-forged onsite by the museum’s volunteer blacksmiths. The blacksmiths will also provide demonstrations during the open house. The holiday open house is a great opportunity to visit the homestead and to celebrate local history by enjoying holiday activities in a historic home.

Admission is $5 per person, free for members and children 14 years and younger. All proceeds support the J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the home and barn, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Joseph Farwell Glidden’s invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995.

This event will be located on the second floor of the home, only accessible by a flight of stairs. Please contact Glidden Homestead at 815-756-7904 or email for more information.

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