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We are a non-profit dedicated to celebrating

and preserving Minnesota's rural heritage. 

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NEW Photo Contest!

It was so fun the first time, we thought we'd try it again!  See Upcoming Events page for all the details!

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.