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Barn preservation programs

The National Barn Alliance (NBA) started as an informal network of Cooperative Extension educators, historic preservationists and concerned citizens interested in barn preservation programming. Initially, the land grant universities of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wiscoinsin were involved. The organization has since grown to include other states, State Historic Preservation Offices, statewide barn preservation organizations and national organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation. By sharing information on initiatives and strategies being used throughout the country, the NBA expects to strengthen the efforts of all our rural partners, for more information, go to the NBA website at barnalliance.org or email at barnalliance@gmail.com

The National Barn Alliance (NBA) started as an informal network of Cooperative Extension educators, historic preservationists and concerned citizens interested in barn preservation programming. Initially, the land grant universities of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wiscoinsin were involved. The organization has since grown to include other states, State Historic Preservation Offices, statewide barn preservation organizations and national organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation. By sharing information on initiatives and strategies being used throughout the country, the NBA expects to strengthen the efforts of all our rural partners, for more information, go to the NBA website at barnalliance.org or email at barnalliance@gmail.com

The Iowa Barn Foundation was formed in 1997 to preserve historic barns and other agricultural buildings in Iowa. The Foundation provides matching grants for barn repair and rehabilitation and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Contact Sherry Gribble, The Iowa Barn Foundation, 3109 - 155th Street, Fort Atkinson, Iowa, 52114, (866) 575-8483. Roxanne Mehlisch, (641) 487-7690. Jacqueline Schmeal, (505) 988-5917, jschmeal@earthlink.net; www.iowabarnfoundation.org.

Kane County's That Darn Barn program is sponsored by the Kane County Development Department and the Kane County Farm Bureau. In addition to publishing a barn restoration guide book and actively promoting barn preservation in Kane County, That Darn Barn offers awards for successful barn rehabilitation projects. Contact Mark VanKerkoff, Kane County Development Department, (630) 232-3480.

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