In April, I accepted the role of executive director of the J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center in DeKalb, IL. This is truly my dream job, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to enthusiastically share the story of Glidden, barbed wire, and DeKalb's history.
I briefly wondered if my new role at Glidden Homestead (the home of my fourth great uncle's biggest competitor) would pull me away from my study of Jacob Haish. However, if anything, it has allowed me even more opportunites to learn about the barbed wire story, my relative included.
I'm so happy to be a part of the local history scene and museum life. I'm honored to have the opportunity to share the stories of both Jacob Haish and Joseph Glidden, and will continue to do so.
Happy to have you along for the ride as well! Thanks for reading.
-Jessi Haish LaRue