Engaging Youth in Documenting  Area Heritage

The Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey brings youth and adults together to document Michigan’s traditional barns and farmsteads.  Project goals are:

  • growing youth awareness of history and preservation.
  • documenting traditional barns and farmsteads regionally, adding to local knowledge and contributing to as state-wide database as a resource for future research.

The MSU Museum is our partner, hosting an on-line database of survey results.  See michiganbarns.org for training materials and access to the database.

MBPN board members work with sites to organize and plan for surveys and train teams.

During 2016 and 2017 MBPN is partnering with Barrett Insurance (Jonesville) in a 5-county South-Central regional survey.  Download the flier for information and contacts for the South Central Survey.  Visit the Barrett Insurance website for survey details.

Please contact us for more information.

Past survey teams in action

The images below represent the survey efforts in the Charter Township of Oakland.
A number of volunteers, primarily from the Oakland Township Historical Society, began their survey in 2002.
They completed the survey of over 80 barns in 2003. Their survey results are hosted in the MSU data base.

Future surveys will be conducted from the road, and the resulting documentation
will be completed as conditions allow.

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