Historic Ithaca announces the second summer of the Tompkins County Barn Project, a countywide survey of barns and agricultural buildings.  This purpose of this survey is to create a public inventory of the historic agricultural buildings that are part of our rural history and disappearing from the landscape.   With the towns of Newfield and Lansing complete, the survey is scheduled to begin in Dryden this summer.  Please contact Historic Ithaca at 607-273-6633 if you have information you wish to share about a Tompkins County barn.

In addition to the survey, barn owners and enthusiasts are invited to participate in the 2009 Barn Photo Contest.  First, second, and third place winners will be announced in September and awarded one year of supporter benefits to Historic Ithaca and a gift certificate to Significant Elements architectural salvage warehouse.  Additionally, the winning photos will be displayed at the New York State Barn Coalition Conference on October 24, 2009.  Contestants are asked to email a digital photograph of a Tompkins County barn (interior or exterior) with a short caption, location of the barn, and contact information to Anne Turcotte, aft26@cornell.edu, by 5:00 PM Friday, August 14, 2009.  Printed submissions postmarked by Friday, August 14 may be sent to Historic Ithaca Barn Photo Contest, 212 Center Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

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