Why Save an Old Barn?


Tuesday, June 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Meeting Room A

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn near Downey, Iowa is one of the oldest and largest round barns in the United States. In the process of restoring the barn, its current owner Rich Tyler has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Depression, and the architecture of barns. He'll share the story of the barn's preservation, thanks in part to the individuals and organizations that rallied around the barn and contributed to its saving. The barn is open to the public, and photographers, artists and school children have all played an important role. He'll also discuss how you can save your own barn, and what old barns may mean to future generations who grow up without them.

When he's not in his barn, Rich Tyler is a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa.

This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library Contact below.
Live On The Library Channel
Open To The Public
Visible to Public

Contact Information

Library Contact: 
Beth Fisher
Humanities Iowa


Setup Time Before: 
30 Minutes
Cleanup Time After: 
0 Minutes


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