Slide lecture to explore the cultural history of barns in Idaho

Historian Madeline Buckendorf will present a slide lecture on “Barns in Idaho: Monuments of Our Cultural Heritage at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in Todd Lecture Hall, located inside Molstead Library on North Idaho College's main campus.

Through slides of various barns throughout the state, Buckendorf will explore the types of barns that were built in Idaho throughout history, advocating that each can tell a story, about changing economic and social patterns, technological advancements, settlement patterns, climatic influences and traditions.

A fourth-generation Idaho native, Buckendorf holds a bachelor's degree in English literature with an emphasis in folklore from the College of Idaho and a master's degree in public history from Boise State University.

Since she began researching barns in the late 1970s, Buckendorf has served as a historical consultant for a variety of federal, state, local and private agencies.

Buckendorf's lecture is free and open to the public.

The event is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Hearst Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund and the Educational Outreach Fund.

It is sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council, Avista Utilities, Washington Trust Bank, Dean and Kolts Attorneys at Law, Bank CDA, Rockin' Robin and the Smithsonian Institution.

The presentation is being held at NIC in conjunction with the Museum of North Idaho's hosting of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Barns Again: Celebrating an American Icon” through June 4.

Information: (208) 769-3355.

For More Information
NIC Public Services Librarian Denise Clark, (208) 769-3254

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2005

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