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What We Can Learn About Historic Barns in America from a Decade and the Agricultural Census

Posted by on Jul 5, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What We Can Learn About Historic Barns in America from a Decade and the Agricultural Census

Danae Peckler, architectural historian, Fredericksburg, VA In 2007 and 2017—thanks to the lobbying efforts of a few National Barn Alliance (NBA) board members, particularly Rod Scott, and our great network of barn preservation advocates, including many active supporters of state and local preservation organizations—the United States Agricultural Department (USDA) put a simple question to the farmers of America’s working farms in the Agricultural Census: “Do you have a barn built prior to 1960?” From the “yes” or “no” answers of those farmers, a set of statistics...

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NBA Goes on the Road to Savannah, GA!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Barn Preservation, Conferences, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Here we go again!   NBA Board Members and state barn organization partners are volunteering their time and energy to continue the NBA’s presence at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference.  This year, the action is in Savannah, Georgia, where we connect with preservationists of all kinds to engage them in conversations about saving America’s historic barns! What does an urban landscape like Savannah have to offer barn lovers?  We think the trip to the South has a lot of potential!  The state of Georgia was one of the first to create an historic...

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Saying Goodbye to a Great Friend of Old Barns: Dr. William J. Kimball (1925-2013)

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in barn education, Barn Preservation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Saying Goodbye to a Great Friend of Old Barns: Dr. William J. Kimball (1925-2013)

William J. Kimball PhD, or Bill as we knew him, recently departed this life at the age of 87 in Lansing, Michigan on May 24, 2013.  He was born on October 6, 1925 to Elmer and Gladys Kimball in Seymour, Wisconsin. Bill worked for 39 years as a professor at Michigan State University and as an Extension Specialist in community and organizational development. He authored numerous studies on the value of citizen input and action in our communities. He was a tireless advocate for historic barn preservation and facilitated the creation and growth of many state and local barn...

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This Week in Barns: A Tale of Three Barns in PA

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on This Week in Barns: A Tale of Three Barns in PA

This post submitted by Jeffrey Marshall, Vice-President of the NBA and Board Member of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania.  His real job as President of the Heritage Conservancy keeps him pretty busy too.  Marshall is one of three NBA members speaking at the CT Trust’s “Celebration of Barns” in Old Saybrook, CT on June 7 and 8, 2013.  Come out and join in the fun! Barn preservation issues in southeastern Pennsylvania seem to come in waves. This week I am dealing with the fate of three barns in Bucks County. One is on a working farm and two are on...

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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 http://www.santeehistoricalsociety.com/ 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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