Icons of Agriculture
It’s hard to imagine Indiana without barns – they’re icons of our agricultural heritage. But with changes in modern farming practices, old barns are disappearing from the rural landscape.
Since the 1990s, Indiana Landmarks has joined forces with local preservation organizations to bring BARN AGAIN! workshops to communities around the state. The workshops help barn owners preserve historic barns by suggesting strategies for their use.
On Saturday, October 6, Indiana Landmarks will partner with the Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County to present BARN AGAIN! at the Putnam County Museum.
At the day-long workshop, attendees will learn solutions for maintaining, rehabilitating, and adapting old barns for continued use. In the morning, experts in barn preservation will share the history of barn architectural styles and technology. Additional presentations will focus on maintenance, adaptive use, and preservation, offering creative ideas to those caring for aging barns. Attendees will also receive information about financial incentives and resources available for barn repair and maintenance.
In the afternoon, attendees will explore three historic Putnam County barns. Expert guides will discuss the unique features of each structure — one serving continued agricultural use, another adapted for a new commercial purpose, and an unrestored barn full of potential.
The BARN AGAIN! workshop is sponsored by Putnam County Convention Center, Putnam County Community Foundation, Putnam County Museum, and Purdue Extension-Putnam County.
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