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Promoting appreciation, preservation and rehabilitation of Michigan Barns, farmsteads and rural communities.

About MBPN









Upcoming Events

2015 Fall Barn & Color Tour
October 9-11
Empire, Michigan, Leelanau County
Download the tour flyer

"Insuring Michigan Barns"
an interview with the experts

2015 Barn of the Year Awards

John "Jack" Worthington
1928 - 2015

MBPN Loses a Founding Member

John "Jack" H. Worthington, 86, born September 15, 1928 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, passed away March 29, 2015 in Lansing, MI. Jack retired from Michigan State University as a 4-H Extension Specialist, served as an Officer in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict; graduated from Romeo High School and graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (MSU). He was a founding member and a past president of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, and a member of the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild. Throughout life, Jack enjoyed many passions: family, 4-H, MSU basketball and football, traveling, square dancing, games, fishing, rope and broom making, antiques and auctions. Jack was an avid photographer, genealogist, barn preservationist, woodworker and gardener. He will be remembered fondly as "Jack of All Trades."

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Barbara; children: Mike (Sharon) Worthington of Muir, Karen Worthington of Potterville, David (Trisha) Worthington of Carmel, IN, James Worthington of Troy, Patricia (Thomas) Shea of Malmö, Sweden; five grandchildren: Morgan, Grant, Sydney and Taylor Worthington, Michael Marie Shea; sister Georgia Minard of Linden, sister-in-law Linda Worthington of Chevy Chase, MD; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 6, from 4-6pm, on the campus of Michigan State University at the Morrill Hall of Agriculture, Atrium, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Barn Preservation Network online or, PO Box 614, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0614 or to the 4-H Foundation, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 240, East Lansing, MI 48824 (www.mi4hfdtn.org) in memory of Jack Worthington. Online condolences may be made at www.peterandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

Barns are economic resources and symbols of our agriculture heritage. They are attractive images on the landscape.

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is committed to rehabilitation of barns for agricultural, commercial, residential, and public uses.

Ellis Barn Davisburg Michigan
Ellis Barn
Springfield Twp.

Your membership will support MBPN's efforts to:
  • establish knowledge and resources for barn rehabilitation
  • establish an endowment for barn rehabilitation education

Sovis Barn
Sovis Barn

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is an active state-wide organization
of barn owners and enthusiasts.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization.
The Michigan Barn Preservation Network:
  • fosters sharing of barn experiences
  • hosts an annual conference
  • publishes a regular newsletter
  • recognizes barn rehabilitation and education successes
  • helps identify speakers for programs
  • assists in identifying rehabilitation information

Wright Barn Potterville Michigan
Wright Barn

PO Box 614
Mount Pleasant, MI