America’s Barns are Worth Saving
The Barn Believers Community Project Fund was created (2017) because heritage barns -- timber-frame, log and stone - are being destroyed. Valuable documents and photos which record the stories of these architectural treasures are being discarded. The time to save them is NOW!.
- awards grants to 501c3 nonprofits.
- shares accurate information for decision-making.
- is not an endowment or a membership organization.
- does not recommend contractors, companies or products.
- makes grants only within the state of Michigan.
- See Grants/Application. (Downloadable PDF)
Examples of qualifying projects include convening decision-makers to design barn-friendly policies, preserving historic barn-related collections, evaluating and advising on the condition of a barn in preparation for relocating it for nonprofit use, and education. To discuss Contact Us.
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Barn Believers in Action
We are honored to share the work of photographers whose images are drawing the attention of thousands through the Facebook site, Michigan Old Barns. They are recording history, inspiring others, and stirring conversation. Our deepest thanks to these amazing artists who see with their hearts and capture with their cameras.
Gary Ennis: I live in Traverse City, Michigan, and have had a love for photography since the age of about 12 when it was only film. My favorite things to shoot are landscapes and barns and the two go together very well. I spend a lot of time going down rural country roads. My dad taught me well and it is amazing what you find off the main roads. I also spend much time in the UP and the old farms up there are nothing short of amazing.
Lisa Heine: I'm an old soul from Michigan that loves to shoot historic barns, weathered lighthouses, rusty wheels and worn objects. There is a certain comfort in seeing these old structures as it reminds me of simpler times. What stories do they tell? What can we learn from them?
I find most of these fading beauties in the backroads of Michigan. One day nature will consume them, and our photos is all we’ll have left. I shoot with a Nikon D750 with various lenses and do slight enhancement edits in Photoshop.
Judy Kies: I am a logistics professional and breast cancer survivor. Although I was not raised on a farm, I have many ancestors who were farmers, both here in the United States and in Germany. I am hoping to keep their farming legacies alive through photography. My hope is to document as many Michigan barns as possible. (Photo John Sobczak)
Colleen Fitzpatrick McMurray: My love for photography began at a very young age when I realized my parents were not taking pictures of me and my seven younger brothers. I have worked as a portrait photographer and taken countless pictures over the years, but nothing gives me a greater joy than to drive in the country and find that next beautiful barn just around the bend. Each barn is unique and has a history that needs to be told. Sharing its picture with the world gives it the voice it might not otherwise have.
Leandro Martins: I received my first camera at the age of 18 and instantly fell in love with the ability to capture moments. That passion continues to this day. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my daughters, exploring the outdoors, and photographing historic architecture, barns, nature and landscapes. I see beauty through the lens, and wherever I am, one of my cameras is likely close by.
Julie Hamilton: How is a passion or addiction formed in us? Julie Hamilton believes it comes from pain, pleasure, or perhaps some great satisfaction that you are making a difference. She has founded Barn Addict, a multi-faceted barn-themed website, selling an array of items – t shirts, bumper stickers, barn art, photography, mugs and more to raise money to benefit barns. But she is also connecting with realtors around the country to spread the word when property having a barn on it is for sale. This is a great way to save barns as more people are asking the question, “Where can I find land with a barn on it?” Connect with Julie and help make a difference for barns.