Get into the spirit of the holidays at Glidden Homestead

DeKALB – Now is the time to start to deck the halls for Christmas celebrations. The Glidden Homestead will present a program on holiday decorating featuring Dave Miner.

On Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can see work Miner has created over time and try their hand at making their own.

Miner is a retired Waterman High School science teacher who grew up in DeKalb County. For many years, he hosted tours in his Normal Road home of holiday scenes and layouts, decorating every room with displays that entertained and evoked the wonders of the season.

“In the past, like now, celebrating the holidays means making memories and making your own ornaments goes hand in hand,” Rob Glover, executive director of the Glidden Homestead, said in a news release. “This will be a fun event for both adults and children.”

Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

Also at the event, visitors can tour Joseph Glidden’s Home where barbed wire was invented, see a working blacksmith shop, and visit the 1870s brick barn currently being excavated.

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.

The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement.

Admission is $4 an adult and free for children younger than 14.

For information, visit, email or call 815-756-7904.