Glidden Homestead’s “Soup-er” Tuesdays


Warm soup is good on any cold winter day. But when you add guided tours of the site where barbed wire was invented, it’s an unbeatable combination.

“Soup-er” Tuesdays at Glidden Homestead offers warm soup and tours of the Homestead and Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will remain open year-round, through the winter, for tours of the National Historical Site. “Soup-er” Tuesdays are hosted on two Tuesdays in January and continue through the cold days of February. Winter is a perfect time for you to experience the site where the innovative development of barbed wire happened.

Visit and tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention and walk where Glidden walked. From here, Glidden shaped the world. Come be inspired to shape the world too.

Joseph 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.

Glidden built the Glidden House Hotel in downtown DeKalb that opened in 1877. In June 1879, J.F. Glidden Publishing bought the DeKalb County Chronicle that had been started earlier that year. Glidden was mayor of DeKalb from 1881-1883.

The Glidden Homestead and Historical Center 2019 theme is “Center of it All.” the ways Joseph and the Glidden Homestead became a force in building a prosperous and vibrant community—preserving and sharing the unique history of the local community; creating a destination where families, businesses, and visitors want to be; and building cultural diversity, artistic expression, our natural environment, and the social interactions that enrich our lives. Look for a full season of programs soon at

The Glidden Homestead, located at 921 W Lincoln Hwy, is open Tuesdays 10-2 or by special arrangement. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14. For more information, visit, e-mail or call (815) 756-7904.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.