Anyone heading south during the next few weeks may want to stop in Ephraim and check out "Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit.
Barn Again! opened Aug. 29 at the Central Utah Arts Center, 86 N. Main. It will remain in Ephraim until Oct. 10.The Ephraim exhibit includes a walking/driving tour of selected local barns. There is also a related exhibit at the Fairview Museum, approximately 77 miles north of Ephraim that includes historic farming tools and photos of local barns.
Barn Again! uses photographs, artwork, advertisements, architectural models and objects found in popular culture to explore and highlight the cultural, historical and architectural importance of the American Barn.
The exhibit's intent, is to improve awareness of the value of restoring historic barns.
To that end, the Sanpete County Heritage Council and the Utah Division of State History are offering a $500 grant to Sanpete County barn owners who want to do improvements or restoration work.
Barn Again! is made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Utah Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Hearst Foundations.