May 31 – June 1, 2019
Michigan Barn Preservation Network Annual Conference
Friday Barn Tour in Ann Arbor area; Saturday Conference in Ypsilanti.

June 17-22, 2019

Sleeping Bear Dunes Barn Restoration Workshop

Barn Restoration Project

The 2019 barn restoration project will be held at the Miller Barn in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, four miles north of Glen Arbor. This hands-on workshop, conducted by the Park Maintenance staff, will address hewn wood sills, concrete door thresholds and loft structural repairs. Participants are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated.

For information about registration and camping options, click here.


January 25 & 26, 2019

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Michigan Barn Preservation Network was at the Small Farm Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Mich. on Jan. 25 and 26, 2019.

In addition to our exhibit at the trade show, we presented two programs — a Teamwork & Timbers demonstration and a Barn School workshop.

Teamwork & Timbers at the 2019th Sm. Farm Conference

MBPN is at the No. MI Sm. Farm Conference in Acme (TC Resort). Today Board members Vera and Steve worked with our young crew with 'Teamwork & Timbers" – raising a 1/4 size barn frame. –Check out our progress! Tomorrow Steve will present "Barn School". We are tickled to be at this conference again this year — many small farmers with traditional barns. The 1/4 size frame will remain up — next to our exhibition booth through– tomorrow!

Posted by Michigan Barn Preservation Network on Friday, January 25, 2019

Board members Vera Wiltse, Steve Stier and Clare Koenigknecht worked with our young “Teamwork & Timbers” crew to raise a 1/4 size barn frame.

Also at the Small Farms Conference, Steve Stier and Tammis Donaldson led a “Barn School” workshop. They presented a process for investigating and assessing the condition and needs of a barn.  Attendees gained an understanding that can be the basis for prioritizing needs and forming a plan for repairs, rehabilitation and preservation into the future.

More information about the Northern Michigan Small Farm conference: