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We are a non-profit dedicated to celebrating

and preserving Minnesota's rural heritage. 

Join us for the 2017 Friends of Minnesota Barns Annual Meeting!

WHERE:  the new Visitor Center on the Oliver Kelley

Farm in Elk River.  Click HERE for a map.

WHEN:  Sunday, April 23 at 1pm

The presenter this year will be Jack Lamar who will give a presentation

on the restoration of the Alex Seitaniemi House Barn near Embarrass,

Minnesota. This is an amazing story of determination to restore one of the few

remaining Finnish log house barns, built between 1907 and 1913 and now on the

National Register.

There will also be a presentation on the new $15 million Oliver Kelley Farm Visitor

Center and announcement of the winners of the 2018 FoMB Photo Contest Winners.

Registration includes a choice of Ham, Turkey or Vegetarian Box Lunch. The cost is

$5 for FoMB Members and $10 for non-members. Please register by April 15th to or 651-426- 4718.


Goodbye, Sarah.

Sarah Bowman, pictured at the far right above, was a long-time board member with the Friends of Minnesota Barns.  We are sad to relay the news that Sarah passed away at age 58 in a tragic accident on her farm in Greenfield on October 6th.  Sarah was very excited and knowledgeable about barns.  She was equally as passionate in her other interests, including art, her animals and farm, and her friends.  She will be sorely missed.

Marine Civic Club presents Olivia Nienaber, who will be speaking about the Barn Quilt Trail.  Olivia will explain the trail and it's importance to the community.

Tuesday, December 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Fireside Room at Christ Lutheran Church in Marine on St. Croix.  Everyone is welcome to attend and see photos of the 18 barn quilts!

To learn more about the project in Washington County, visit the website:

Have you heard about this big white barn and it's trip?  See Barns in the News for more articles and video!

Visit our Facebook page for even more great barn content!

More photos from

Chasing Barn Dreams

from FOMB's newsletter "The Barn Door"

Read the entire 3-part article HERE.

Tell us your barn story!

We love hearing old barn stories and memories (and we think you do too!).  We are always looking for articles to publish in the Barn Door newsletter and what better article than stories from our membership?  If you have a great barn memory or a story to share, please write to us at FOMB, P.O. Box 812, Forest Lake, MN 55025 or email us at


Barns Then

Barns connected our ancestors to the land and to each other.  They helped pioneers survive, emigrants prosper and ultimately enabled the Golden Age of Minnesota farming.  As reminders of these past lifeways, they embody the values of our forebears.  


Barns Now

Barns remain an iconic part of the Minnesota landscape.  Like rural heritage in many parts of the world, however, Minnesota barns are in gradual decline.  Having outlived their original purpose, due to mechanization and changing market forces, old barns are often neglected by owners  who can't justify the cost of repairs.   


Our Organization

Friends of Minnesota Barns seeks to raise public awareness of the value and vulnerability of these humble yet beautiful  structures.