Amboy Grange “If Barns Could Talk” by Rich Tyler Event

Amboy Grange at 220 High Street in Kellogg will be hosting Rich Tyler “If Barns Could Talk” on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM.

Rich Tyler has been restoring the Secrest farmstead and octagonal barn near West Branch. He has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Depression, and the architecture of barns. Old barns are more than just solid functional buildings. They represent the soul of our farming heritage, and perhaps more! What is a barn, architecturally and emotionally? Barn design was based on experience, needs and ambition. Their function indicated both the farm operation and the farmers personal touch. Barn construction was a community affair comprised of hard work, huge meals, and a barn dance.

This presentation focuses on a typical farmer, Joshua Secrest, who developed a successful livestock farm. It also reviews the dramatic development of ingenious farm machinery and tools that enabled growth and prosperity. Secrest built a large octagonal barn in 1883. The barn and farmstead were lost in the depression. Old farm tools are shared as part of the presentation.

The public is invited and deserts provided by the Grange members will follow. Hope to see you there, Sue Beukema.

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