BARN AGAIN! Celebrating An American Icon

Featuring: Shade Tobacco, A Diminishing Landscape. A photographic exhibition by Leonard Hellerman




September 8, 2005-November 6, 2005

North Gallery



Barns are a traditional part of Connecticutís rural landscape, but what role do barns play today as increased urbanization and modern farming threaten the historic family farm?  Join the discussion of barns, past, present and future as the Windsor Historical Society hosts BARN AGAIN! Celebrating an American Icon and Shade Tobacco, A Diminishing Landscape from September 8, 2005-November 6, 2005 in the North Gallery.


Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the National Building Museum with local sponsorship from the Connecticut Humanities Council, BARN AGAIN!  looks at the origin and fate of the barn in its various roles as warehouse, factory and legend.  The exhibition explores the structure, history and use of barns across the United States, and questions the barnís role in the 21st century. Covering topics from barn building to Dorothyís Kansas home in The Wizard of Oz, BARN AGAIN!  delights visitors with the practical, personal and pop-cultural aspects of the barn.


In his new exhibition, Shade Tobacco, A Diminishing Landscape, local photographer Leonard Hellerman captures the beauty and drama of Windsorís tobacco industry, including the tobacco sheds that grace the Windsor landscape.  Housed alongside BARN AGAIN! in the North Gallery, Shade Tobacco, A Diminishing Landscape tells the story of Windsorís largest agricultural industry, bringing a local flavor to the national exhibition.


To celebrate BARN AGAIN!, the Windsor Historical Society is offering a variety of fun, family-friendly fall programs.  Browse through a farmerís marker, tour local barns, and then help raise a barn on Palisado Green.  Relax after a long day with popcorn and a good movie as the BARN AGAIN! Movie Series presents Babe, Witness and Parrish.  Explore past lives with WHS and the Windsor Jesters during a ghost walk in Palisado Cemetery, and sing along as ballad singer Judy Cook delights people of all ages with heartwarming songs about farm life and barnyard animals. For more information about BARN AGAIN! events, see the listing on this website, (click here) or contact the Society at 860-688-3813.    



Donít miss BARN AGAINís last stop in Connecticut! Plan your visit to the Windsor Historical Society to view this terrific Smithsonian exhibition and its Windsor counterpart.



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