Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine

Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine

Barn Stories & Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine

  The Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine is sent to IBF members twice per year. Each issue is packed with articles about barn restoration, farm life in the "good 'ole days," and other helpful information as submitted by members of the Iowa Barn Foundation. The Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine is printed by J&A Printing in Hiawatha, Iowa.  Become an IBF member to receive your copies of the Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine.

(Feb 2021) About Our Friends (read here), by Jacqueline Andre Schmeal. Five men who dedicated their time, advice, and work to the Iowa Barn Foundation for years.

And a barn story you might like. Never mind VEISHEA - ISU Horse Barns Still Site of Greatest Show, stories (and photos) about the historic horse and dairy barns at Iowa State University.


Now, some articles that appeared in our Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine:

Spring 2019 issue:

  Henry County Treasure

  The Status of Iowa Barns

  A Look Inside A Barn - Interiors

Spring 2017 issue:

  An Old Barn Along an Old Trail (Kneisel Barn)

  Fifth generation for the Smith Barn

  Saving a Grain Elevator (Ross Elevator)

  Volunteering at the Iowa State Fair

Other articles (as webpages) that may appear, or have appeared, in our Magazines:

  Iowa State Univ Barns Horse Barns and Dairy Barns at Iowa State University

  Moershel Buggy Barn in the Amana Colonies (09-28-16)

  Hansen Barn in Logan, IA (06-21-16)

  Jensen Barn in Ringsted, IA (06-29-16)

  Paperboard Barns (06-21-16)

  The Drive-Thru Corn Crib (07-12-16)

  Motor Mill story (07-08-16)

Some issues of the Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine as PDF:

  (Some files are large)
  Spring 2021
  Fall 2020
  Spring 2020
  Fall 2019
  Spring 2019
  Summer 2018
  Spring 2018
  Summer 2017
  Spring 2017
  Summer 2016,  Spring 2016
  Fall 2015,  Spring 2013,  Spring 2011,  Spring 2010
  Fall 2008,  Spring 2008,  Spring 2006,  Fall 2005,  Spring 2004,  Fall 2003.

Some articles from older issues of the Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine:

  Barn Owls and Barns, Vanishing Parts of Iowa's Past

  Barn Swallows

  Barns of Dubuque County

  Barns of Franklin County

  Barns of Hardin County

  Barns of Ida County

  Barns of Jones County

  Bats and Barns

  Early Poultry Houses

  Farm Wildlife As We Once Knew It

  How To Protect Barns From Fire

  Lightning Rod Balls

  Old Buildings and Wildlife

  Water: A Critical Need for Rural Areas

  Wild Animals and Old Barns


  Zimmerman Barn

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Kenneth Ruegsegger, Mount Pleasant

There are those who give their lives trying to make a better society. Kenneth Ruesegger, Mount Pleasant , was one of those. His passing last week was a loss to Iowa, to barns, to America. He was one of those hard working people generous of spirit.

He and his wife, Marilyn, attended a barn tour and saw that signage was minimal. An expert in carpentry, the offered to make signs and take them around the state. So, for many years, Joe created the beautiful directional signs, and he and Marilyn drove from corner to corner of the state personally delivering the handmade signs to owners of barns on tour. It was a huge job--a labor of love.

These were special people who gave time, talent and effort to enrich the Iowa Barn Foundation--to enrich Iowa.

We'll still see some of those lovely signs. And, we will still stop and think of the wonderful couple who dedicated so much time to make the tour, Iowa, even better. We will always be grateful. Thank you, Marilyn and Ken.

Jacqueline Andre Schmeal, President Emeritus

Jason Zabokrsky, Troy Mills, wrote:

"Barns symbolize the agricultural heritage of those who founded the state of Iowa. That agricultural heritage is synonymous with important values. These values include dedication to hard work, honesty, integrity, family, and community...

...As barns are destroyed a valuable part of our heritage is also lost. If Iowans lost these historic barns from the landscape, one may posit that Iowans will begin to lose sight of the important values of hard work, honesty, integrity, family, and community which they represent."

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