Dave Miner shares treasures at Homestead


Music boxes, toys and inventive fun with recyclables will be explored as part of Dave Miner’s exhibit on from noon – 4pm October 28th, November 4th and 18th, at the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, DeKalb. Miner’s DeKalb home is a Christmas wonder-land year-round, thanks to his ingenuity and inventive mind. His “hobby” started with one small motorized musical carousel and now fills three floors of his home, including Santa’s workshops and musical boxes of all types.

Miner has generously agreed to display some of his collection at the Glidden Homestead this fall, and will be present all three Sundays to help describe items from his collection. On Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon-4 p.m., visitors to the museum at 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, can view music boxes and carousels, trains, dollhouses and much more. At 1 p.m., Miner will give a presentation and participants will be able to make a holiday item out of recyclables to take home. In preparation for the event, participants are asked to bring empty cereal boxes, round oatmeal boxes, round plastic bottle caps of all sizes, milk bottles and old Christmas cards. Activities will include making a holiday card holder, houses, trains and train cars from the boxes.

The Nov. 18 Holiday Open House also will feature refreshments, the working blacksmith shop, tours and a chance to buy one-of-a-kind DeKalb-related items in the Gift Shop, just in time for the holidays.

The Glidden Homestead is also currently having a pie sale as a fundraiser. Orders for delicious Market Day pies are being taken through Nov. 2, by the Glidden Homestead & Historical Center in DeKalb. Fourteen flavors will be available for pick-up Nov. 16, from 5-6 p.m., just in time for holiday feasts or for gift-giving. To place an order, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org for complete details and an order form.

As a not-for-profit [501(c)3] corporation, the Glidden Homestead is run by a 15-member board, including two Glidden family members. Support for work at the Homestead has come primarily from a membership base, local and regional donations, along with some state and regional grants. The house and barn at the Homestead are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Admission to events is free to Glidden Homestead members; or $4 for adults; children under age 14 are free. For more information about the Homestead, call (815) 756-7904 or visit their website.

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