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Historic Farms Sought For Rural Preservation Award
Updated March 18, 2014 9:38 AM | Filed under: Agriculture
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2014 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation.

The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.

Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award, which will be presented during Farmers' Day festivities at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2014. The nomination is simple and asks for:

A brief history of the farm and description of its significant historic structures and features, such as the farmhouse, barns, agricultural outbuildings, and landscape elements.

A description of how the farm's historic agricultural structures are used in day-to-day farming operations, and how they have been preserved or adapted.

High-res digital photographs of the farm and its preserved historic features. Historic images are also welcome.

Indiana Landmarks and Farm Bureau will present the award at 2014 State Fair.

The award winner receives a handsome outdoor marker, a vehicle pass to the Indiana State Fair, and overnight accommodations in Indianapolis for the Farmers' Day ceremony.

Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation Award honors those who share a similar commitment to preserving the landmarks and landscape of rural Indiana.

The Arnold Award for Rural Preservation nomination form is available on Indiana Landmarks' website,, or by calling Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks, 812-232-4534 or e-mail

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., April 18, 2014.

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, re-establishes connections to heritage, and saves meaningful places. With eight offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservationist. The not-for-profit organization's headquarters, Indiana Landmarks Center, is a repurposed nineteenth-century church at 1201 Central Avenue in Indianapolis. For more information on the, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit

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