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Rich Tyler: If Barns Could Talk

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

If Barns Could Talk
Old barns are more than just solid functional buildings. They represent the soul of our farming heritage and perhaps more! What is a barn, architecturally and emotionally? Barn design was based on experience, needs and ambition. Their function indicated both the farm operation and the farmer’s personal touch. Barn construction was a community affair comprised of hard work, huge meals and a barn dance. Few of us today have the products of our labor on display for all to see, appreciate and criticize. But what’s happening to our old barns? Will metal replace wood? Can we smell and touch the metal in the same fashion? What does our interest in barns tell us about ourselves? Why should we care about old barns today? These and other questions will be discussed as the history and current importance of barns are explored.


July 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn, 5750 Osage St Johnson County, 5750 Osage St SE, West Liberty, IA 52776, USA