We built it and they came.

Barns: Call to Action is in the record books now and what a great time it was! From our opening reception at the Art Center of Battle Creek for the two-month exhibit (June and July), to the grand finale concert with a standing ovation for the Richard Lynch Band of Waynesville, Ohio, memories were made. Our fundraising goal was met – and then some!

Thank you to everyone who contributed time, talent, and/or treasure – our wonderful sponsors and donors, more than 80 businesses and individuals who gave items or services for the silent auction, our speakers, staff at the Art Center, musicians, food vendors, and dozens of people who, over the course of the two months, shared barn stories or words of encouragement for the importance of our mission.

We want to also make a special point of thanking the Battle Creek Community Foundation’s Fund for the Arts, for making sure that the “Heart of Heatherbrook” mural, first created in 2007 but lost to time and weather, has been “barn again.” Tony Hendrick of Grand Ledge was the lead artist in 2007 and was the solo artist in 2019. The mural once again can be seen by millions who travel Michigan’s I-94 between Marshall and Battle Creek, proudly mounted on the Dreamfield Acres Barn!

If it is true that a picture speaks a thousand words, we’ll allow these images to do the talking. Barns are worth saving – Believe!

Barn Believers Community Project Fund

The Barn Believers Community Project Fund, was established in 2017 by private citizens to save traditional barns, and is held by the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

Gifts made to the Fund prove that people care about barns. People believe in the mission of the Fund and the integrity of those taking responsibility for it. Thank you!

Barn Believers is a working fund which offers maximum flexibility.

Grants go to nonprofit organizations to train people for barn-related careers, bring decision-makers together to design new policies and share wisdom, preserve historic barn-related collections, and convey information that separates myth from reality. Barn Believers made its first grant in 2019.

Barn Believers has produced an information card packed with valuable tips. Sherriff Goslin Roofing Batt;e Creek (with locations around the Midwest) first sponsor for printing and Mooville Creamery, Nashville, is our current sponsor. If you or your organization want to show your support for saving traditional barns by sponsoring a printing and/or by sharing the card with your group. If you, or your organization want to show your support for saving traditional barns by sponsoring a printing and/or by sharing the card with your group, contact the Battle Creek Community Foundation at www.bccfoundation.org, 269-962-2181 or a member of the Barn Believers board (see Contact Us). Help spread the word!

Barns need us. Please give them your support in dollars and deeds using the enclosed donation card or visit www.bccfoundation.org/giving/Barn-Believers to give directly to the fund. There isn’t a moment or a barn to waste.

Each donor of $100 or more to the Barn Believers Community Project Fund will receive, as a thank you from the Richard Lynch Band, a copy of the band’s CD, “Mending Fences,” featuring, “Worth Saving,” a tribute to American Barns!