Posts by HistoricBarns

Baseball and Barns… Summer Vacation 2012

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | 1 comment

A guest post by Michigan Barn Preservation Network members, Chuck and Janine Saputo. It started out all baseball and the barns showed up.  My husband Chuck and I are active in the Michigan Barn Preservation Network due to our rural preservation interest mainly here in Michigan.  We often brake for barns during our travels and in fact just discovered Coveyou Farm south of Petoskey Michigan on our way ‘up north’ for a summer weekend.  But that’s another story. This summer Chuck wanted to spend his birthday visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York, fulfilling a...

Read More

4-H Barn Owl Day in Schenectady County (NY)!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4-H Barn Owl Day in Schenectady County (NY)!

In June, NBA Board Member Keith Cramer lead a workshop for Schenectady County 4-H in building nesting boxes for barn owls. Fourteen 4-H’ers each built an owl box. The boxes will be exhibited this summer at the County Fair. Later, we had a presentation by Wes Laraway, Director of New York Wildlife Rescue Center, about  “Bringing Barn Owls Back to Eastern NY State”. The stars were two beautiful owls that had been healed of injuries at the Wildlife Rescue Center. Mr. Laraway explained the important role barn owls have in controlling rodents on a farm, and that if our farms had a place...

Read More

Tobacco Barns Preservation Project

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | 1 comment

  Preservation Virginia has launched in tobacco barns preservation project. Sonja Ingram, Preservation Virginia’s Partners in the Field Representative stated, “Upon the Pittsylvania County Tobacco Barns listing on Preservation Virginia’s Most Endangered list, we received an influx of inquires regarding the importance of saving these now endangered structures and wanted to provide a proactive solution to address their preservation.” The Tobacco Barns Preservation Project’s goals are to raise awareness on the importance of tobacco barns as they relate to the larger rural...

Read More

The Heritage Barns of Indiana Project

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in barn education, Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | 2 comments

The Heritage Barns of Indiana Project is an on-going painting project which focuses on our dwindling heritage of early Indiana barns. The artist, Gwen Gutwein, a Barn Alliance member and  owner of a fine art studio/gallery in Fort Wayne, started this huge and important project in 2004.  She is striving to do paintings of at least two old and/or historic barns from each of Indiana’s 92 counties.  Along with the paintings, Gwen collects the barn’s distinctive history.  To date, she has completed over 110 out of the expected goal of 184 paintings. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art...

Read More

Lost of an Iconic Barn. A Cautionary Tale. [Updated]

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Barn Preservation, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Lost of an Iconic Barn. A Cautionary Tale. [Updated]

It brings great sadness to share the loss of the Fuhrken octagonal barn in Doniphan County, Kansas from high winds last week. The barn was featured in the 1992 Budweiser commercial. It was on the 2010 National/Kansas Barn Alliance conference tour. Fuhrken barn was built between 1914-1915 and was 58 feet in diameter.  It has a full hay loft with hay hood protected doors on the east and west sides of the mow.  It was built primarily to house mules.  The exterior was board and batten with many small windows around the livestock area for ventilation. Sometime prior to 1990, the interior...

Read More