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The Maine Humanities Council Newsletter ~ Fall 2004 ~ p. 8

Many Eyes, Many Voices Visits Indian Township
(cover page)

A Letter: Learning from the Board

Longfellow in the Classroom

A Deep and Heartfelt Loss

Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book, Gifts

6 a book...

Upcoming Grant Projects

Barn Again!

Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,

A sunlit pasture filled with cattle and horses feeding,

And haze and vista, and the far horizon fading away.

Farm Picture by Walt Whitman
Bethel Barns

The Maine Humanities Council will present
Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon
From the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

April 7, 2005-October 22, 2005

April 7 - June 8, 2005
The Saco Museum
371 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday 12:00 - 8:00 pm

June 15 - August 12, 2005
Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel
U.S. Route 1, Lille, ME 04746
Hours: Sunday - Friday 12:00 - 4:00 pm

August 19 - October 22, 2005
Bethel Historical Society
10-14 Broad Street, Bethel, ME 04217
207-824-2908 or 800-824-2910
Hours: Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Barns — they are so much a part of the New England landscape that we sometimes take them for granted. Barns remind us of our rural past when a majority of the population lived on farms, but they are also reminders of today's farmers and their continual struggle to live off the land. And yet what do we really know about barns? What can they tell us about our cultural history? Age and development are swallowing up many barns in Maine. How can they be saved?

Starting in the spring of 2005, the Maine Humanities Council will answer those questions and more by bringing the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon to three locations in Maine.

This is a wonderful exhibit for the whole family that will trace the history of farming and the unique place barns hold within our culture. You can learn about the wide variety of barn styles, explore life on a Maine farm as your grandparents knew it, or find out about resources for preservation. The exhibit features an architectural scale model of an English barn; examples of games, toys, and period advertising; and historic images of barns in Maine and across the country. Each site will offer special activities in the local area — contact exhibit sites directly for more information. Bethel Barns

Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon is made possible in Maine by the Maine Humanities Council. Barn Again! is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Hearst Foundation. Additional funding for Barn Again! has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund, and the Smithsonian Educational Outreach Fund, along with assistance from the National Building Museum and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Barn Again! is a registered trademark owned by the Meredith Corporation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Images of historic barns in Bethel, Maine provided by the Bethel Historial Society


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