Who we are

The organization

Our mission is to educate the public and raise awareness to the importance of historic barns and farmsteads in Minnesota, and to help advocate for barn preservation. We offer educational workshops and assist others in finding resources for preservation and/or restoration of historic barns and farmsteads.

Formerly operating as a barn preservation program under the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), and as a result of 2003 state budget cuts, a group of citizens volunteered on Saturday, October 11, 2003 to establish a new organization. In March of 2004, a general membership meeting was held in Chisago City to ratify our charter and bylaws to operate as a newly formed organization.

In 2013, a board retreat was held to re-organize the group. The Board agreed that we aim to be both an informational source as well as a group that works to preserve barns. The re-organization resulted in the formation of committees and subcommittees to allocate the work load equally among board members and to create a clear list of tasks, member responsible for each task, and due date of task. The three committees are the Executive (made up of the president, Treasurer and Secretary), the Events, and the Communications Committees.

In 2014, FoMB achieved 501(c) (3) nonprofit status.

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The Board of Directors

Bill Bruentrup (Chair, term expires 2017)

Jay Schmidt (Vice Chair, term expires 2017)

Christina Harrison (Treasurer, term expires 2017)

Jeff Adams (Secretary, term expires 2018)

Mark Johnson (Director, term expires 2018)

Mary Jo Youngbauer (Director, term expires 2018)

Scott Tempel (Director, term expires 2019)

LeRoy Kuta (Director, term expires 2017)

Kim Halek (Director, term expires 2019)

Our Board of Directors consists of nine elected members of which a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasuer, and Secretary are selected by the Board. All of our Board members are passionate about barn preservation and meet monthly to organize activities and review, discuss, and decide the direction for the organization. Board meetings are generally open to the membership and visitors. Each director serves a three year term with elections taking place at our March annual meeting.

From left to right: Christina Harrison, Jeff Adams, Mary Jo Youngbauer, Ron Black (former board member), Patrice Abbe (friend of FOMB), Jay Schmidt, John Kuester (former board member), Bill Bruentrup, Mark Johnson, Sarah Bowman (former board member)

From left to right: Christina Harrison, Jeff Adams, Mary Jo Youngbauer, Ron Black (former board member), Patrice Abbe (friend of FOMB), Jay Schmidt, John Kuester (former board member), Bill Bruentrup, Mark Johnson, Sarah Bowman (former board member)

Board meetings

FoMB Board of Directors meetings take place monthly or bimonthly.  

Meetings normally take place the last Monday of the month at Jake's City Grille in Eden Prairie.

FoMB members are welcome to attend.