Established in 1995, the Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) is an active, statewide 501©3 nonprofit organization of barn owners and enthusiasts. We believe barns are important economic and cultural resources in our communities and are symbols of our nation’s rich agricultural heritage.
What We Do
MPBN is committed to the rehabilitation of traditional barns for agricultural, business, public and residential uses. Our work raises awareness and aids in the continuing presence of barns in our communities and on the landscape.
We share knowledge and resources for barn rehabilitation:
- Provide access to online directories, guides and how-to articles
- Host an annual conference, tours and hands-on workshops
- Identify speakers for groups requesting a barn expert
- Loan out our traveling exhibit
- Partner with other barn, history, historic preservation and community groups.
We promote barn appreciation and preservation:
- Sponsor the Barn of the Year program to recognize rehabilitation success
- Showcase outstanding examples of barn usage on tours and in displays
- Maintain social media sites for enthusiasts to post barn pictures and news.
How We Do It
MBPN fosters the sharing of barn experiences and resources through educational events, recognition programs, connections and collaboration, as well as our website, social media presence and newsletter.
The support of our members is essential to the work of this organization. In 2018, through our lifetime “Cupola” ($1000) memberships and other gifts, we established the MBPN Endowment Fund with the Capitol Region Community Foundation for barn preservation education. This endowment will assist us in sustaining our future as a voice for barn preservation in Michigan.
We are making a difference in the preservation of Michigan barns. Individuals and communities are engaged in barn preservation, and MBPN is considered the ‘go-to’ resource about traditional barns in Michigan.
Learn more about us, join us, and get involved!