Vera Wiltse and Tom Irrer greet visitors in the Thumb Ocatagon Barn during Fall Family Days in September.

Preserving Michigan Barns 

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network exhibit, Preserving Michigan Barns, is available for loan. It showcases the rich diversity of Michigan barns, and provides examples of adaptive re-use of barns for agriculture, community, business, and home.

Our exhibit provides an overview of the work the MBPN does throughout the state, and challenges viewers to get involved in their communities and through the network.

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The exhibit is comprised of six 7-foot tall banners and banner stands.

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Please contact us to inquire about reserving the exhibit.

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Sept. 10-12, 2021

Fall Family Days at the Thumb Octagon Barn

MBPN brings the “Preserving Michigan Barns” display to the festival every year. (See photo above.)  The exhibit includes the panels, artifacts and the Teamwork & Timbers model barn that the 4-H kids erect. 

Jan. 10 – Feb. 21, 2020 at Oxford, MI Public Library

A Celebration of Abundance! Michigan Farming
Oxford Public Library is pleased to showcase the rich agricultural resources and historical whatnots of Michigan farm life with a special exhibit from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and feature MBPN speaker Jim Mulvany on Jan. 15 at 6:30 PM. For information about related events during the celebration, call (248) 628-3034.

Jan. 24 – 25, 2020 at Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Farmers, home-scale growers, students, food producers and eaters will gather at the Small Farm Conference to network, share ideas and gain new skills that will make small farms in Michigan more economically viable and environmentally sustainable. For information, go to:  http://www.smallfarmconference.com.