Membership Business Meeting
- Endowment Update – Past president Brad Brogen explained why the MBPN Endowment is so important…and how the Endowment Committee is working to build that legacy.
- Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey Update – MSU’s MATRIX, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, has implemented a new format for this index and documentation of Michigan’s barns. MBPN founding member Vera Wiltse showed how the program works and encouraged members to get involved locally.
Lunch and Networking
Live Auction to benefit MBPN
Barn of the Year Awards
Our premier program recognizing Michigan’s exceptional barns is now in its 27th year! Keith Anderson, MBPN Awards Chair, announced the entries receiving the Barn of the Year designation for 2022.
How to Organize a Barn Tour
Jana Bullock, who runs the Hadley Homestead Harvest Day farm hop, and Richard Beringer, who organizes the Romeo Historical Society annual barn tour, told us how it’s done. These expert organizers have successfully managed effective and informative tours, even in challenging times!
Michigan’s Dutch Barns
“Can This Barn Be Saved?”
The most frequently posed questions the Network receives may be inquiries from farmstead owners about the possibilities and challenges of saving a barn on their properties. MBPN Treasurer and past president Clare Koenigsknecht explained how the Network helps evaluate and direct barn lovers in this crucial aspect of our mission.