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National Barn Alliance representatives to conduct hands-on “barn build” project with Mercer County fifth-grade students Thursday

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

In conjunction with the Annual Conference of the National Barn Alliance, which will take place Thursday through Saturday at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, representatives of the National Barn Alliance will conduct a hands-on, model barn-build project with fifth-grade students from Burgin Elementary School and Mercer County Schools 5th Grade Academy.

During the exercise, students will actually assemble a six-foot scale model, four-bent, English timber frame barn to demonstrate traditional construction methods and create an understanding of and appreciation for historic barn types.  The alliance also offers a complete curriculum on the history of American barns.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, May 14

8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Burgin Elementary, 440 E Main Street, Burgin
Contact: Dana Cobb or Amy Riley

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mercer Academy, 443 East Lexington Street, Harrodsburg
Contact: Bart Mattingly

Charles Leik
, National Barn Alliance President
Rod Scott, National Barn Alliance board member and project coordinator, and president of the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance
Patrick Kennedy, restoration project coordinator, Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office
Amy Potts, field representative, Rural Heritage Development Initiative / Preservation Kentucky, Inc.

More about the 2009 National Barn Alliance Annual Conference
Preservation Kentucky, Inc. and the Kentucky Heritage Council will co-host the 2009 National Barn Alliance Annual Conference Thursday through Saturday at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.  The alliance has members throughout the United States who provide guidance and leadership for barn preservation and rural heritage, and this is the first time the organization has met in Kentucky. 

An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Shaker Landing with a cruise on the Dixie Belle along the Kentucky River.  From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, the conference will feature educational sessions and panel discussions, followed by dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Circle Farm.  Guided tour of barns in Bourbon, Clark and Fayette counties, and a second tour in Mercer, Boyle and Washington counties, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.  A complete agenda is available at the National Barn Alliance Web site,

Along with speakers from across the country, this conference will feature work the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative (RHDI) has been doing throughout central Kentucky to protect and promote barn and farm preservation.  The RHDI is a three-year demonstration program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, directed by Preservation Kentucky in cooperation with the Kentucky Heritage Council.  In addition to highlighting RHDI achievements, the conference will feature networking opportunities for trades people, farm owners and anyone interested in preserving barns and historic farm buildings. 

In preparation for the conference, a statewide barn preservation working group has been meeting to discuss ways Kentucky can help preserve historic barns and outbuildings.  Barn preservation groups are located in over 20 states and help bring awareness to the importance of preserving historic barns and agricultural outbuildings, many of which are cultural icons representing rural areas.  Following the conference, the Kentucky Barn Preservation Advisory Committee will work to raise greater awareness of these structures and the diversity of barn types in Kentucky, as well as create educational tools, advocacy and technical support.

The goal of the Rural Heritage Development Initiative has been to help develop and implement preservation-based economic development strategies in the eight-county central Kentucky area of Boyle, Green, LaRue, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington. Now concluding its work, the initiative has been funded largely through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  For more information, visit

Conference registration is $95 and includes the opening reception, three meals and educational sessions.  Tours are an additional fee of $45 each.  For more information, contact Preservation Kentucky at 859-257-9069.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.

Preservation Kentucky is a membership based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Kentucky's historic resources through education and advocacy. Preservation Kentucky provides an important link between the public and private sector and between local communities, state government, and national government and organizations. Education opportunities are offered throughout the year on timely and import preservation topics. PK also helps monitor and promote preservation-friendly legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. By working for the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic properties today, the economic benefits of historic preservation will help to safeguard the unique Kentucky landscape for future generations.


Last Updated 5/13/2009