FoMB Annual Meeting

March 22nd, 2014 at 9:30 - 1:00
Featured speaker is Doug Ohman, well known photographer and author.
See flyer image below.

FOMB works to stabilize historic MacDougall Barn

Thanks to the leadership and expertise of Jay Schmidt (FOMB board member and Barn restoration specialist) and a team of volunteers, we were able to close the openings on the MacDougall barn. It was a lot of work and we put in a full day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and if it were not for Jay and his chain hoist, we would not have been able to left the doors up as they were laying on the ground and water logged. It was all two people could do to lift one side of the door. Thanks to Jay as well for donating the framing materials, metal to cover one large door opening where the door was busted up, and screws, nails, and tools to complete the job.

Thanks to all who gave up a beautiful fall Saturday to help close up this 1874 barn in hopes that someone or some group will adapt it as a project and preserve it as it is a great old hand hued timber framed barn with rich history.

MacDougall Barn MacDougall Barn


Our mission is to educate the public and raise awareness to the importance of historic barns and farmsteads in Minnesota, and to help advocate for barn preservation. We offer educational workshops and assist others in finding resources for preservation and/or restoration of historic barns and farmsteads.

Formerly operating as a barn preservation program under the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), and as a result of 2003 state budget cuts, a group of citizens volunteered on Saturday, October 11, 2003 to establish a new organization. An initial steering committee was formed to develop an organization and mission to continue the work started by MHS. In March of 2004, a general membership meeting was held in Chisago City to ratify our charter and bylaws to operate as a newly formed organization.

We currently operate with an all volunteer staff of nine Steering Committee members, and are solely supported by membership dues. Annual membership dues are $25 Individual, $35 Family, or $50 Organization. Dues may be paid by mail or online, using our secure PayPal cart.


Friends of Minnesota Barns is an all volunteer organization. We often receive the same questions repeatedly. Please review our frequently asked questions page BEFORE emailing or calling us with any inquiries. Thank you!

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