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Stellish Barn part of tour this weekend

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wayne's Memory Barn - In this 2008 photo, the late Wayne Stellish stands in front of his pet project, the restored 1900 barn at his farm. The barn will be part of a statewide tour this weekend. File photo by Dan Whitney
According to Our Iowa magazine, it has been estimated that over 200,000 barns were built in the state of Iowa over the years, but at present there are only around 50,000 left. The Iowa Barn Foundation has been actively preserving barns since 1997, and they can be a source of funds for anyone in the state who is trying to preserve an historical barn.

This weekend (Sept. 22-23), the IBF is sponsoring a fall tour of more than 100 historic barns throughout the state. The tour, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days, is free and open to the public.

A Cherokee County barn will be part of that tour. Wayne Stellish, who passed away last fall, established his Memory Barn in 2006, located 6 1/2 miles south and 4 miles east of Cherokee, and the renovated barn provides a graphic autobiography of his life, as well as farm life in Northwest Iowa since 1937.

The Chronicle Times previously published stories on the Stellish barn, in 2005 and 2008, and the barn is also featured in the August-September 2012 issue of Our Iowa magazine.

Proud owners of the barns - each restored with the help of IBF matching grants - will be on hand this weekend to share personal memories of the structures.

For more information about the fall Iowa Barn Tour, check online at www.iowabarnfoundation.org.

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