Join us for the 2022 Forum and Annual Meeting of the Indiana Barn Foundation on Saturday, July 16 at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville. The program will be held in person and begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m.
The day will begin at the Art Sanctuary, a re-purposed church now serving as artist studios and event spaces, in downtown Martinsville. Our guest speaker, Dr. Darrin Rubino, professor of biology from Hanover College, will present "Making Timber Talk: Using Tree Rings to Date the Construction of Historic Buildings in the Mid-Ohio River Valley.” Tree rings, the layers of wood that are deposited around a tree each year, can be used to date the construction of historically built structures. Always a fascinating talk, learn the process of dating buildings using tree-ring analysis and hear highlights of regional research (especially barns) using this information.
The day will also include a round-table discussion for barn owners and barn lovers on what it will take to save more barns and what tools we all need to do it, updates on the barn preservation grant, and the IBF annual meeting. Lunch will be provided as part of registration.
Following lunch, attendees are invited to venture a short drive into the beautiful Morgan County countryside of Green Township to the 1847 Cedar Lane Family Farm that is listed as a Hoosier Homestead and was named a Bicentennial Barn. We’ll visit the two barns with the owner and their contractors, see a demonstration by Dr. Rubino on collecting tree ring samples, and talk about rehabilitation work that was tackled on the barns, work that is still needed, and what other barn owners can look out for at their own barns and during similar projects.