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Historic Farms Sought For Rural Preservation Award
Updated June 9, 2017 6:06 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2017 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 the Indiana State Fair in August 2017. The nomination 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.

The award winner receives a handsome outdoor marker, a vehicle pass to the Indiana State Fair, and overnight accommodation in Indianapolis for the presentation.

Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive agricultural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation 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 at bit.ly/ArnoldAward17, or by contacting Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks, 812-232-4534, tkleckner@indianalandmarks.org. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., June 30, 2017.

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, re-establishes connections to heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine 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 Preservation. 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 www.indianalandmarks.org.

Since 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. We are the state's largest general farm organization and a farmer's strongest advocate. INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer's very right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana's economy. Learn more at www.infb.org.



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