Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center Opening Day

Glidden Historical Center 921 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL

Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will open for the programing season and visitor tours of the site on Sunday, June 12. The public is invited from noon to 4 p.m. to Opening Day, Open Barn to see the new aspects of the 2022 season, tour Joseph Glidden’s Home and Homestead where barbed wire was invented, […]

His Land is Our Land: Fundraiser for J.F. Glidden Homestead

Hopkins Park Terrace Room 1403 Sycamore Rd, DeKalb, IL

On Saturday, October 15, from 5:30-9 PM at the Hopkins Park Terrace Room, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, the nonprofit J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center will host its fundraiser “His Land is Our Land: The Legacy of a Local Landowner.” The theme “His Land is Our Land” honors the contributions made by barbed wire baron […]


Steve Bigolin on Airport Road’s Crane House

Glidden Historical Center 921 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL

Early in 1880, Frederick Crane had an especially pretentious Italianate-style brick farmhouse constructed for himself and his family on Airport Road, between Barber Greene and Pleasant Street Roads. While the ornate exterior has dominated the surrounding countryside for just over 140 years, it has sat empty and deteriorating since March 2008. Learn who Frederick Crane […]

Holiday at the Homestead

Glidden Historical Center 921 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL

Please join us in the west parlor of the Glidden Homestead for a holiday celebration! The home will be decorated and holiday musical entertainment will be provided by a string quartet and harpist from DeKalb High School Music Boosters.**This event will be located on the second floor of the home, only accessible by a flight […]