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The Barn Lady

A Tribute to Tali Sue

Love a barn? Save a barn!

As I speak to groups I find that many people do not realize the treasure that a heritage, timber-frame barn really is and why such a barn is worth saving. If you have, or can influence someone to keep a “real” barn in good repair, please make that commitment. When these barns are gone they are gone forever. Deep regret cannot bring them back.

In Memorium

Two of these barns are now gone. The remaining three are fading fast, even though one of them in the Upper Peninsula, has been home to nesting ospreys every year for many years. Hundreds more in Michigan alone are in dire condition. Death comes when farms are split up to satisfy estates, barns are no longer used, property is acquired by the state or developers, or owners either have no financial or creative resources. Perhaps saddest of all are the barns that a simple repair could still save.

“You told us that a heritage barn is a treasure and you said it with such love. I have never met anyone so passionate about anything!”

I.G. Manistique

“Your enthusiasm made us see our old barn in a whole new light. We are glad we have saved it.”

Retired farm couple, northern Michigan

"You have a wonderful vocabulary and a gentle but learned and inviting voice. You made everyone feel comfortable and invited them to participate in the talk."

M.M. Battle Creek

"I could listen to you talk about barns for hours and never lose interest. I have learned so much!"

J.S. Albion

"I just love your humor!"

Retired teacher, Lansing


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