"Why Save an Old Barn?" with Humanities Iowa Speaker Rich Tyler
Why save an old barn? Should we let them fall down? What is the real value of preserving our past? The example used in this presentation is the restoration of The Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn. A story is told about how individuals and organizations rallied around Iowa farm history, to contribute to the saving of this barn. The barn is open to the public, and photographers, artists and school children have all played an important role. How can you save your barn? What will they mean to future generations who grow up without them?
Rich Tyler has been restoring the Secrest farmstead and octagonal barn near West Branch. He has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Depression, and the architecture of barns. Rich is a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa.