The DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc. (DAAHA)
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DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc. (DAAHA)

Welcome to DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc.  We are dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing with people of all ages the storied history of agriculture and its innovators within northern Illinois.

Through our exhibits, educational programs, and website we hope to tell the story of DeKalb County and northern Illinois’ contribution to the world’s most important invention: Agriculture.

Our organization is new and constantly evolving, so check back often for new exhibits, programs, and virtual access to our collections.

We hope you enjoy our new website and encourage you to explore, reminisce, and learn something new!


DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc.
111 South Second Street, Suite 204
DeKalb, IL 60115


August 9, 2014     10:00 am – 4:00 pm     DeKalb County Barn Tour

Click here for the Barn Tour brochure

The DeKalb County Barn Tour was a one day, self-guided driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County plus the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association Photography Exhibition and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center brick barn.

Thank you to the barn owners, event sponsors, volunteers and the Board of Directors of DAAHA and JF GLidden Homestead for helping to make this event successful!

  • Stop #1: Dekalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) - 111 South Second St. Ste. 204 DeKalb, IL - Become immersed in the day with the “Barns: An American Icon” photo exhibit. Also, meet Guide Book sketch artist David Alan Badger … and make sure to get your book autographed!
  • Stop #2: JF Glidden Homestead and History Center - 921 W. Lincoln Hwy. DeKalb, IL - See the barn where barb wire manufacturing first began. Kids, enjoy a barbed wire making activity. Stop by the Gift Shop inside the Welcome Center.
  • Stop #3: Barn of Jeff Marshall - 12034 Gurler Road, DeKalb, IL - See a collection of barbed wire baron Jacob Haish’s Chanticleer brand farm implements.
  • Stop #4: Barns of Robert Faivre, 1900s - 16380 S. Somonauk Rd., DeKalb, IL - Tour two historic barns and several newer outbuildings. Climb up into the barn hayloft too. Visit the animals in a petting zoo.
  • Stop #5: Barn of Joseph Marshall, 1913 - 14701 Gurler Rd., DeKalb, IL - Check out the two silos on this Centennial Farm, and imagine yourself scooting along a 2”x12” plank from one to the other, as young Joe Marshall did!
  • Stop #6: Barn of Larson/Martz Family, 1955 - 17520 Keslinger Rd., Maple Park, IL - View the cattle feeding lot on this working cattle farm.
  • Stop #7: Barn of Josie Hopkins, 1839 - 15454 State Rte. 38, Maple Park, IL - Plan to spend some time here. This old barn is filled to the brim with antiques for sale. Ask about the dilapidated wagon in the barnyard. It has a unique story.

Putting together a premiere event is no small feat. Our deep appreciation to:

  • Barn owners for making the event possible.
  • Whiteside County Farm Bureau for generously sharing their own program experience and sage advice.
  • Roberts Family Foundation for helping fund our fledging program.
  • Sketch artist David Alan Badger for sharing his talent and experience, and for being so easy to work with.
  • DeKalb High School FFA for providing the petting zoo.
  • Boy Scout Troop 33 for providing manpower and parking attendants.
  • Committee Members who worked to develop the program and Volunteers who added many necessary hands.




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