Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

By mid-November of each year, the Ellwood mansion is decked for the holidays. Tour guides lead visitors room-by-room and deliver the history of the home while guests delight in the gilt and stenciled ceilings, rich woodwork, and elegant holiday decorations. Then, during the first weekend of December, things become even more festive as the mansion comes alive with twinkling lights, music, and the history of … Continue reading Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

Architect George Franklin Barber

Born: July 31, 1854, De Kalb, Illinois. Married:  Laura Alice Cheney, October 8, 1879, De Kalb, Illinois. Died:  February 17, 1915, Knoxville, Tennessee. George Barber was born July 31, 1854, to Lyman and Cornelia Barrett Barber in DeKalb, Illinois. After the early and unexpected death of his father, his mother moved the family to Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1860. Barber lived with his sister, Olive … Continue reading Architect George Franklin Barber

Glidden Homestead Blacksmiths Hosted Hammer-In

Blacksmiths worked by hand with red-hot steel to create graceful pieces of beauty and elegance at the Glidden Homestead. The Blacksmith Club at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center hosted a Hammer-In on September 13, 2015. The Blacksmith Club worked on six forges around the site and demonstrated the trade, techniques, materials, and finished pieces. The twenty minute lessons and demonstrations continued throughout the day. … Continue reading Glidden Homestead Blacksmiths Hosted Hammer-In

Partners in History – Ellwood House

One of the benefits of working in a university town is access. Lectures, workshops, museum openings, concerts, and culture can be found most days of the year. It’s enriching just to be around all of the activity. However, one of the greatest rewards is working with the students, both on campus and off. Over the past three years, museum staff partnered with NIU Museum Studies … Continue reading Partners in History – Ellwood House

Glidden Homestead event reflects on railroad’s effect on DeKalb’s growth

Published: Sunday, June 28, 2015 Daily Chronicle By LINDSEY CLARK DeKALB – Guests of the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center got the chance to revisit a significant time in DeKalb’s history on Sunday morning. Sarah Glidden DeMink, a great-niece of Joseph Glidden and a homestead board member, hosted a brunch with biscuits and homemade jam from Peg’s Picks in honor of the railroad’s arrival to the … Continue reading Glidden Homestead event reflects on railroad’s effect on DeKalb’s growth