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Rep. Keicher, Sen. Syverson mark 160th anniversary of Glidden Homestead

DeKALB – State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, and State Senator Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, visited the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center this week to mark the historic homestead’s 160th anniversary.

According to a news release from Keicher’s office, the pair of elected officials visited DeKalb to present a copy of House Resolution 424, legislation Keicher introduced and passed to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Homestead, founded in 1861.

“The Glidden Homestead is one of our community’s most cherished landmarks, one that continues to educate and inspire succeeding generations of DeKalb County families on the contributions of the Glidden family and their incredible impact on our nation’s history,” Keicher said in a statement. “Senator Syverson and I congratulate the Glidden Homestead on their milestone anniversary and thank their members and volunteers for keeping this legacy of innovation and achievement alive.”

The Glidden Homestead and Historical Center sits on the site where Joseph F. Glidden invented barbed wire with his second wife, Lucinda. Members of the Glidden family lived on the Homestead from the time it was built in 1861 until 1998, when it became a museum. The Illinois State Historical Society has erected a historical marker commemorating barbed wire manufacturing at the Glidden Homestead.

House Resolution 424 commemorating the 160th anniversary of the Glidden Homestead was adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives on Sept. 9. The legislation had been introduced by Keicher on Aug. 19.