Lecture #1

Barn Stewardship Zoom Lecture - Rudy Christian & Caleb Miller

January 28, 2021

This presentation hosted by Friends of Ohio Barns, features Rudy Christian and Caleb Miller as they discuss barn stewardship. The conversation will center around a barn owned by David and Lori Soehnlen of Navarre, OH, and the steps they have taken to preserve its personal and historical relevance.

Video coming soon!

Lecture #2

Converting Living History into Living Space - Ric Beck

February 25, 2021 at 7:00pm

Join Ric Beck, past president of Friends of Ohio Barns, in reliving the 10 years in the making tale of transforming an 1810 New England style English ground barn into his home. He’ll talk about the history of this amazing frame, the dismantling and documenting of needed repairs.

He’ll also discuss the land prep, and research into the what and why of the conversion decisions. You’ll get to see some of the raising and glimpses of the rebuild process as well as enjoy Ric's “3:54 minutes of fame with HGTV”.

Lecture #3

An Architectural Heritage in Ohio's Rural Landscape - Tom O'Grady

March 31, 2021 at 7:00pm

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Friends of Ohio Barns, Tom O’Grady has taught Observational Astronomy at Ohio University for more than thirty years, and is Director Emeritus of the Southeast Ohio History Center. Some other interesting facts about Tom? He sailed as a deck worker on board the S.S. Middletown on the Great Lakes, and launched the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in the state of Ohio! As a perennial student of Ohio history, Tom shares more about the traditional barn and house types found on Ohio farms.

Lecture #4

Farm News Before Facebook - Stephen Gordon

April 28, 2021 at 7:00pm

Ohio Historian, Stephen Gordon, shares what we can learn about the state’s rural landscape during the 19th century from the Agricultural Press. While working for the State Historic Preservation Office, Gordon oversaw the Ohio Historic Inventory and National Register of Historic Places programs. Steve has written and co-authored over fifty nominations to the National Register, and his research areas include Ohio’s vernacular architecture, especially the state’s historic barns.