Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515)
(DES MOINES) – The
State Historical Building will offer a “barn raising experience” when
museum staff and volunteers invite visitors to help construct a scale model of
an historic Iowa barn as part of the Wells Fargo World Food Festival.
The barn raising will be
held at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in the State Historical Building’s atrium
Saturday, October 15, 2005. Museum staff, volunteers and visitors will raise a
one-quarter scale version of an historic Iowa barn, which has accurate scaled-down
versions of the post and beam structure complete with mortise and tenon joinery
secured by wooden pegs. The barn model stands about 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
Visitors will participate in the barn raising as the sections are assembled and
“lofted” into place.
The barn raising is being
held in support of Governor Tom Vilsack’s proclamation of 2005 as the year
of the Iowa Barn and Family Farm. The State Historical Museum has been presenting
farming heritage events and exhibits during the past year. The model barn is being
constructed by Pella, Iowa, barn restoration expert Bruce Willemsen of Barn Builders.
Other programs taking place
during the day revolve around the Discover Victorian Iowa exhibit, including
the Lewis Carroll Society of North America fall meeting, a film festival of historical
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, lectures by scholars on Lewis
Carroll and illustrator John Tenniel, a panel discussion led by leading Carroll
and Alice collectors, and a gallery walk with Iowa artist Mary Kline-Misol whose
Lewis Carroll-inspired paintings are on display in conjunction with the exhibit.
All events and activities are free and open to the public.
The State Historical Building,
located at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines, is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4:30 p.m. Please contact the State Historical
Building at (515) 281-5111 for more information.
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