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Michigan Barn Preservation Network Annual Conference
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Themed “Barns in a Changing World,” the conference will feature an exhibit/vendor showroom, networking time, informative sessions, statewide Barn of the Year awards and the famous barn tour.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Eileen Gianiodis at 517-432-1555, ext. 230

 

Michigan Barn Preservation Network Annual Conference Takes Place During ANR Week at MSU


The Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) 17th Annual Conference and Meeting takes place March 9 and 10 at Michigan State University’s (MSU) Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The event is part of MSU’s annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (ANR Week), which runs from March 3 to 10 on campus. Themed “Barns in a Changing World,” the conference will feature an exhibit/vendor showroom, networking time, informative sessions, statewide Barn of the Year awards and the famous barn tour.

The annual conference celebrates Michigan barns, farmsteads and rural communities. The two-day event attracts more than 200 people with 12 sessions to choose from all day. Tim Barnes, Pennsylvania-native barn painting expert, will return to the conference with a session on exterior barn paintings as well as a virtual tour of the new Osceola County Barn Quilt Trail. The exhibit room will feature the National Barn Alliance quarter-scale barn model along with barn art offered for auction to the public.

An all-day bus tour focusing on farmsteads northwest of Lansing will take place on March 9. The six barns on tour that were built from the 1860s to 2010 serve as local landmarks and include an antique establishment in Michigan’s picturesque countryside. The evening will end with the Barn of the Year awards dinner celebrating barn projects from around the state.

Saturday’s sessions feature all things barn-related including restoration projects and agritourism usage. Activities also include meeting experts from award-winning projects and a live and silent auction of barn memorabilia during lunch. The MBPN Conference is open to both members and nonmembers with registration information on the MBPN website at www.mibarn.net. If you have any questions, please contact conference chairperson Vera Wiltse at 989-465-1216 or vera@wiltse.com. Free ANR Week program guides with dates, times, locations, costs and event descriptions are available now from any county MSU Extension office or the MSU Bulletin Office, 117 Central Services, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824; 517-353-6740.

ANR Week, formerly Farmers’ Week, is in its 97th year. MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch sponsor the weeklong event that features a wide variety of workshops, conferences and seminars in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and natural resources. Learn more at www.canr.msu.edu/anrweek.