Have you met Barny from Kansas?!?

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Barn Preservation, Conferences, Events | Comments Off on Have you met Barny from Kansas?!?

Barny is the most colorful member of the Kansas Barn Alliance (KBA), and he is on the move!  You might have seen him already at a KBA workshop, or spotted him investigating historic barns in advance of repair work… Barny likes to strut his stuff around every barn he sees, but he appears to prefer the historic ones – we at the NBA suffer from a similar condition. Earlier this summer Barny dropped by the barn-repair crew at the Brokesh Barn in Republic County, Kansas.  This barn restoration is truly a family effort with determined kin travelling from as far as way as Florida and...

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Many Firsts at MBPN’s Fall Barn Tour

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in barn education, Barn Preservation, Barn Tour, Events | Comments Off on Many Firsts at MBPN’s Fall Barn Tour

The information for this post was submitted by NBA member and architect, Charles Bultman.  Charles has been hard at work organizing the MBPN’s Fall Tour for the past several months.  This tour is a first for this region of Michigan and the first barn tour – in the country, as far as we know – to offer Continuing Education credits from the American Institute of Architects (AIA)!   The Michigan Barn Preservation Network’s (MBPN) Fall Barn Tour will highlight at least eight historic barns and farmsteads in Washtenaw County: home of Ann Arbor and the surrounding...

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Now Showing: A New England Barn Model!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in barn education, Events, New England barns, Teamwork & Timbers, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Now Showing: A New England Barn Model!

Last winter the NBA was contacted by Tom Musco, a fellow barn-enthusiast and timber framer who was interested in making a barn model that embodied building traditions of New England barns.  Past President, Charles Leik, corresponded regularly with Musco, and members of the Board met this crafty go-getter at the CT Trust’s “Celebration of Barns” last month, just as he was booking the model’s first raisings. Supplying every bit of the materials, time, and skill involved in construction, Musco based his model on typical English barn dimensions (30’ x 40’) found in the region. ...

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Edgemoor Barn Turns 100! Celebration Planned for Saturday, May 11th

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Barn Preservation, Events, Featured Barn, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Edgemoor Barn Turns 100! Celebration Planned for Saturday, May 11th

This post submitted by Ellen Henry and friends at the Santee Historical Society in Santee, California.  This year, the group is celebrating the barn’s birthday with a big bash to help raise funds for its continued preservation!  To learn more about this event, click here or visit On May 3, 1913, John H. Dupee, a high-society millionaire businessman from Chicago, purchased a nearly 500 acre farm for a reported $85,000.  Dupee purchased the Williamson’s farm for his son, Walter Hamlin Dupee. Dupee, committed to owning the largest dairy farm...

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A Traditional Marriage: Historic Barns & Beautiful Quilts

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in barn education, Barn Preservation, Barn Quilts, Books, Events, The Barn Journal | 2 comments

This article was submitted by Suzi Parron, author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.  We are thrilled to connect with Ms. Parron and others active in the barn quilt movement.  The NBA sees the use of quilt blocks and historic barns  behind them, acting as a canvas, to be an enchanting (and culturally significant!) reflection of men and women’s traditional work on farms across the country.   The historic barns of Kittitas County, Washington, are receiving quite a bit of attention these days.  Several local barns have been decorated with barn quilts—quilt...

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