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Symposium: Preserving Pennsylvania's Farm and Barns, June 20

Whether you work in cultural resource management with a focus on the commonwealth's agricultural heritage or own a farmstead you want to maintain for future generations to appreciate, our first-ever Pennsylvania Farm & Barn Symposium will educate and offer useful resources.

The symposium offers a full-day of sessions that focus on topics important in the understanding and preservation of barns, farms and farmland. A one-day conference registration is available to attend just the Thursday symposium. To register for either the full Statewide Conference on Heritage or the Thursday symposium, click here.

Each year, Preservation Pennsylvania tries to offer a benefit to the local community as a thank you for hosting the conference. Local residents are invited to attend the final session of the day, How to Save Barns, Farms and Rural Heritage : A Panel Discussion,  and/or the evening screening of Barns of the Susquehanna Valley for free. To register for either of these free events, click here.

Thursday, June 20
From Farm to Form: Improve your Survey and Evaluation Skills with Updates to the Pennsylvania Agricultural Context and New Strategies for Considering Barns
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Join staff from the State Historic Preservation Office and PennDOT as they introduce updates to Pennsylvania's Agricultural Context, especially for farms with post-1960 changes, and hear about efforts to list barns in the National Register. See how the Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Barn Preservation Program is taking the initiative to do a county-wide survey of barns and developing other resources to promote barn retention.
Speakers:
Barbara Frederick, PA SHPO
April Frantz, PA SHPO
Jeremy Ammerman, PennDOT
Katie Hess, South Mountain Partnership
Curt Musselman, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Barn Preservation Program


Decorated Barns and Working Landscapes; Seeing Pennsylvania Farms Up Close
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Enjoy a visual exploration of barn design -- from decorative elements like hex signs and barn stars to how barns and working landscapes functioned together. Learn to understand the components and functions of Pennsylvania farm landscapes, including the relationships that land and water features have with barns and other buildings. You'll also explore recent survey efforts and methodology as well as successful models of collaborative, multidisciplinary preservation efforts that could be used across the state to support and sustain regional agricultural artistic traditions.
Speakers:
Patrick Donmoyer, Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
Terry A. Necciai, RA, Preservation Architect and Architectural Historian


How to Speak Barn: The Nuances of Agricultural Architecture
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Working in preservation in an agricultural context requires uncommon expertise. Barns and other farm building require a specialized vocabulary and a working knowledge of historical evolution of design and use. Learn the lingo, how to recognize change, and how to evaluate and describe elements necessary for National Register designation.
Speakers:
Jeffrey Marshall, Heritage Conservancy
Michael J. Cuba, Timber Framers Guild


How to Save Barns, Farms and Rural Heritage : A Panel Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Free; Registration required.
What are the key threats to historic barns and farm structures and what's the best way to avoid them? What are preservation priorities in an agricultural context? Where do I find funding? When is a structure beyond rehabilitation? How do I preserve the landscape as open space? Experts from the State Historic Preservation Office and organizations involved in land conservation, barn preservation and cultural heritage will provide helpful insights to the challenges specific to agricultural preservation and conservation, offering useful ideas, free tools and available resources. Learn about preserving a local "sense of place"and how to get involved in local, county, and state planning for historic and agricultural districts.
Speakers:
David R. Maher, PA SHPO
David Maclay, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Barn Preservation Program
Katie Hess, South Mountain Partnership
Patrick Donmoyer, Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown
Jeffrey Marshall, Heritage Conservancy
Michael Cuba, Timber Framers Guild
Dianna Clemens-Heim, Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of PA, Moderator


SCREENING: Barns of the Susquehanna Valley

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free; Registration required
Join us for a journey to discover the agricultural, architectural, and historical significance of the barns of south central Pennsylvania. This documentary features interviews with farmers, landowners, historians, architects, authors, preservationists, and fellow barn enthusiasts. The film will be followed by a brief Q&A.

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