Did you know that DeKalb is home to some impactful history?

DeKalb was home to Joseph Farwell Glidden, the inventor of one of the most widely used type of barbed wire! Joseph Farwell Glidden’s invention helped change the history of American West, as his barbed wire design was used in many different places.

According to the Glidden’s homestead’s website, The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center is dedicated to telling an American story of migration, innovation and philanthropy at the site where Joseph F. Glidden invented “The Winner” barbed wire. The mission is to restore and preserve the site; to collect and preserve relevant materials relating to the Glidden family, the invention of barbed wire and its broader impact on the nation’s development; and to educate the public by establishing a museum and innovation center at the site. The homestead and the barn are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and are currently open to the Public.

You can learn more about the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center by visiting on Sundays from 12-4 p.m., or you can stay after our Annie’s Story Time event at the Glidden Homestead.

At Annie’s Story time at the Glidden Homestead, you can listen to stories, make a craft, or even get a tour of the Homestead! Every month there is a new theme: click here for future dates and to find out more about this program.

Make sure you stop by to learn more about the fun history about this interesting location!

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