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Barbed Wire Weekend

September 27 @ 8:00 am - September 28 @ 5:00 pm

The Glidden Homestead is excited to host a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Glidden’s “The Winner” patent!

A two-day, public barbed wire expo to be held at the historic Altgeld Hall “castle” on the campus of Northern Illinois University (Joseph Glidden’s land donation for a college) and near the site of Henry Rose’s original exhibit that inspired barbed wire. The wire show, held in partnership with the Antique Barbed Wire Society, will feature local collectors and collectors from across the United States. Not a barbed wire collector? No problem! You’ll love viewing all the wire styles, taking in the educational booths, and learning local history! Maybe get a barbed wire temporary tattoo?! Fun for all ages!
There will also be special opportunities to take in a Barbed Wire Sites Tour, including visits to the historic Glidden Homestead, Jacob Haish sites and Ellwood House! You don’t want to miss this celebration of Barb City history and innovation!


September 27 @ 8:00 am
September 28 @ 5:00 pm
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Glidden Historical Center
(815) 756-7904
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Altgeld Hall
116 Altgeld Hall
Dekalb, IL 60115 United States
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