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‘Holiday at the Homestead’ open house at Glidden Historical Center in DeKalb

A decorated Christmas tree is seen in the east parlor of Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. The homestead will host a holiday open house from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 11.

Visit the historic J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center for the “Holiday at the Homestead” open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.

The museum is located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb.

The J.F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center

According to the Glidden Homestead website, events include a children’s story time and live music in the decorated historic home. “Annie’s Story Time,” in partnership with DeKalb Public Library, will be held for families at 1 p.m.

Musical entertainment from DeKalb High School’s orchestra will begin at 2 p.m. There will also be a craft station for children and cookies provided.

The museum’s gift shop will feature a variety of stocking stuffers for purchase, including hand-forged candy canes and bottle openers made onsite by the museum’s volunteer blacksmiths. The blacksmiths will also provide demonstrations during the open house

Admission is $5 per person, free for members and children 14 years and younger. All proceeds support the J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the home and barn, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Joseph Farwell Glidden’s invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995, according to the website.

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