Holiday Open House celebrates 150th anniversary of Homestead


The annual Holiday Open House at the Glidden Homestead is this Sunday, November 20th, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the home built for Joseph F. Glidden in 1861. The Holiday Open House will run from noon-4 p.m., and also will feature a collection of antique toys. The Open House will also feature ornament-making, tours of the festively decorated house, educational displays and a special 150th anniversary cake and refreshments.

The Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop will be open and operational that day. The Homestead’s Gift Shop will be open that day as well, featuring many unique barbed wire items unavailable anywhere else, in addition to holiday and other items perfect for gift-giving.

Music in the Parlor will feature Harold Russie.  He will play holiday and old musical favorites from 1:30-2:30 p.m (sponsored by a grant from the Mary E. Stevens Concert & Lecture Fund). Russie has been a church organist for 50 years and is well known in the theater community, having played the organ and piano for many local productions. He teaches at Kishwaukee College and is a church organist at St. Mary Church, both in DeKalb and Sycamore.

Volunteers who worked this season at the Homestead will be admitted at no charge, with informal recognition of their efforts at 3 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend the festivities. Admission costs $4 for ages 14 and older, and is free for 13 and younger. Members are admitted free. For more information please visit

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