Longtime collector of local and barbed wire history – Jim Hovis @ Glidden Homestead
A program featuring Jim Hovis, longtime collector of local and barbed wire history, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.
Hovis will share and discuss stories of recovering and saving key elements of our heritage. Former president of the Land of Lincoln Barbed Wire Association, Hovis is the CEO of Luxis International Inc. and Hovis Light Industrial Park Inc. He will shed light on finding and recognizing the importance of an object even up to the absolute point of it being cast off, torn down or carted away. One of his discoveries in 1978 would take 38 years to uncover its true significance.
“Few people have Jim Hovis’ deep dedication to preserving and safeguarding historically significant structures and artifacts,” Rob Glover, Glidden Homestead executive director, said in a news release. “He has a unique, long-term vision, developed over time, for understanding and grasping an artifact’s importance. His life has been a testament to rescues – of structures, of businesses and of nearly lost relics of the past.”