Fromme Birney 100 yr Celebration
Fromme-Birney Barn, Mullinville, KS
Celebrated 100 years in 2012.  What other Barns in Kansas will  reach the Century mark in 2013?  


The Rural Icon ~  January, 2013  

A Kansas Barn Alliance Publication  

 Coming in 2013:      

      A few places we will be:


Feb. 7 & 8 - Women 

Managing the Farm, Manhattan


Feb. 9 - Kansas Heritage Trust Fund Grant awards announcements;  


May 4 & 5 -  Kansas Sampler Festival;


Oct. - 8th Annual BarnFest - Date and Location To Be Announced;

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New or Renewing Members

 Eric & Margie Dyck, Overland Park
Cy & Gladys Moyer, Phillipsburg
JoAnn Cool Alban, Glasco
Deborah Divine, Salina
Richard & Neva Epard, Colby
Phil & Mary Griffin, Overland Park
Joe & Valorie Lamborn, Leavenworth 

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 Business Member: 
       Hernly Associates, Inc
This architectural firm provides preservation services from writing National Register nominations to final architectural drawings for barn restoration or rehabilitation. The Lamborn Barn is a testament to the quality of their work.
Hernly Associates, Inc. is located at 920 Massachusetts, Lawrence. E-mail is           Phone is 785-749-5806.


Great Gift Ideas! 


    We have Volumes 
II, III & IV of Martha Knudsen's 
Kansas Barn Books. 
Martha's books  They are $15 each plus shipping. Susie could mail them direct to your recipient with a gift card. Contact Susie Haver via e-mail at
 or call 785.243.4303 (day) or 785.439.6539 (evening)
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2013 Kansas Barn Alliance    Evaluation Grant Application                 Available Soon.                

This annual grant of $250 is intended to provide 50% of the cost of a structural analysis and repair prioritization of one barn and would serve as a first step to rehabilitation.


The grant funds are made available from the interest earned on an Endowment established last year.  After a few years of fundraising through book, coffee and video sales, and generous donations,  the board was able to raise over $11,000 to establish the endowment.  It is our hope to grow the Endowment and create more grants to Save Kansas Barns.  


The application will undergo some updates before being placed on our website.  Watch for the announcement next month.  

2012 Barn Fest Review         
Labette Co. Round barn
A Treasure Needing TLC.   
Training Session at BarnFest 2012
A Time to Learn at Barn Fest 
Many of you may have seen the recent re-showing of Sunflower Journeys' segment "Barns, Farms & Fences" featuring KBA Board Members Darrel Zimmerman and Steve Christy in the reconstruction of The Barn at Kill Creek Farm in DeSoto.   (Click on the Sunflower Journey's link above to watch the video.)  The barn story is in the middle of the segment.   We hear that Terry Gottchalk, the fence builder at the end of the segment, is working on building his own stone barn.   Hmmmm.... we may have to check that out......... 
Reflection on 2012

January 26-27-KBA booth at Kansas Preservation Conference, Wichita
2012 Preservation Conference, Wichita
Sally Hatcher & Susie Haver at Preservation Conference, Wichita
Feb.10-11 -   KBA Booth at Women Managing Farms Conference, Wichita 
Women Managing the Farm - Sharon Staudenmaier
Sharon Staudenmaier stopped by the KBA booth to visit with Steve Christy at the Women Managing the Farm Conference.  Sharon's barn was featured in last year's Barn repair video.

February -  KBA President, Steve Christy, attended National Barn Alliance Board Meeting in Columbus, OH


National Barn Alliance Project
Keith Cramer, NY and Charles Leik, VA & MI with NBA Educational Barn Build Project. 

 April 21- KBA Booth at Lamborn Barn Open House, Leavenworth


  May 5-6 -    KBA booth  at Kansas Sampler Festival, Liberal
Mike and Steve at KS Sampler festival
Steve Christy and Mike Charles manning the booth at the        Kansas Sampler Festival

May - KBA nomination of Whitewater Falls Stock      

            Farm barn accepted for statewide Endangered List.

Whitewater Falls barn
The Whitewater Falls Barn in located near Towanda and is under new ownership. 



May 18 -     Attended Kansas Preservation Alliance Awards of Excellence in Topeka.  The Lamborn Barn received an Award of Excellence.

Joe and Valarie Lamborn with KPA Award of Excellence


  August 11 - Wrote letter of support for Miller Farmstead (Rush Co.) nomination to National Register of Historic Places and attended the KSHS Review Board Meeting in  Topeka.  They were approved!!




 Sept. 1 -      KBA booth at Fromme-Birney Round Barn       

                  100th Celebration, Mullinville

Board and Family member of Fromme Birney Carpenter
What a Celebration!  With the 100+ degree temperature, the           Barn Fans were a big hit. 

Oct. 5-6 -   BarnFest'12 in Parsons and Oswego with tours of barns in Labette and Montgomery Counties. 


During BarnFest, the board awarded two "Let's Get Started" Barn Evaluation Grants for the Hackett Barn in Cambridge and the  Patterson Barn in Valley Center. 

The Board decided to award two grants to two barn owners with this first round of Grants to help defray the cost of doing an assessment of work required to restore their barns.  


     Nov. 4      Attended Wabaunsee County Barn Tour, Alma

Wabaunsee Tour -Sump barn
Tour attendees at the Sump Barn near Alma, KS
 Watch for Barn Tour Announcements throughout 2013! 


We look forward to learning more about the Barns in Kansas and meeting many more Kansans who love barns in the New Year!      

The Board of Directors of the Kansas Barn Alliance         

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