We are a non-profit dedicated to celebrating
and preserving Minnesota's rural heritage.
The 2017 FoMB Annual Meeting was a success!
THANK YOU to the Oliver Kelley Farm for hosting it, to Jack Lamar for sharing a presentation
on the restoration of the Alex Seitaniemi House Barn near Embarrass,
Minnesota and to all of you who attended.
Check out the amazing photo contest submissions!
CLICK HERE to view them.
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.
Have you heard about this big white barn and it's trip? See Barns in the News for more articles and video!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.