Welcome to the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, a volunteer-based, statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting appreciation, preservation, and rehabilitation of Michigan barns, farmsteads, and rural communities.

We are committed to the rehabilitation of barns for agricultural, commercial, public, and residential uses. Adapted re-use is a significant strategy for barn preservation – all structures need a reason for being.

MBPN Annual Conference

Saturday, Feb. 29 at MSU’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing

Program Information

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Winter 2020 Pre-Conference Issue

Read about upcoming MBPN Annual Conference

2020 Barn of the Year Submissions Due Jan. 25

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network’s Barn of the Year Award seeks to capture the public’s attention by recognizing barns that have been saved and inspire others to become barn stewards. Over the past two decades, a total of 84 barns from across Michigan have been recognized for their unique qualities and/or preservation efforts.

The nomination form for the 2020 competition is now available here. All submissions are due by Jan. 25, 2020.

Click here for 2020 Barn of the Year competition guidelines. 

“Under the Radar” visits Port Austin barns…

As featured in the popular PBS TV program, our keynote speaker, Carl Osentoski, will discuss and showcase the Port Austin barn art project at the MBPN Annual Conference on Feb. 29.

Join us at MSU’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Click here for information.

Barns symbolize positive qualities of American character: strength, honesty, endurance, security and family stability. They remind us of our heritage and help tell the story of rural life. They serve as landmarks while fulfilling the purpose for which they were originally designed, housing agricultural products and animals. With maintenance and some adaptations, they can serve us well for many years to come.

Michigan Barn Preservation Network is a member of:

 Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN)
– National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Barn Alliance (NBA)

MBPN fosters the sharing of barn experiences and resources with this website and through educational events, recognition programs, connections and collaboration.

Mission: Promoting Appreciation, Preservation and Rehabilitation of Michigan Barns, Farmsteads and Rural Communities since 1995.