2016 Bicentennial Barn Plaque Traveling Tour


307 E. Second Street
Bloomington, IN, 47401

Exhibited will be ten framed barn plaques by Scott County’s Indiana Artisan, Dorrel Harrison. The exhibit will be open Tuesday through Saturday during regular museum hours or by appointment. Admission to the barn plaque exhibit is free. In 2016, Dorrel Harrison was part of a steering committee of interested agriculturists, artists, and historians who came together to create the Bicentennial Barn program to bring attention to Indiana’s agricultural heritage during the bicentennial year. Over 200 Hoosiers entered the project, endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, by submitting barn images and information on-line. At the Indiana State Fair that year, all who posted an on-line entry of their barn received a Bicentennial Barn sign presented by Indiana Farm Credit, Indiana Farm Bureau, Beacon Credit Union/Beacon Ag Group, and Indiana Landmarks. In addition, the top ten winners of the project received a customized framed barn plaque donated by Harrison. Harrison is a retired educator and photographer originally from upstate New York. He moved to southern Indiana in 2003. A member of the Scott County Arts Council, Harrison sponsored several county wide classic barn contests in 2007 and introduced his three dimensional barn plaques as prizes. In 2008, he was designated an Indiana Artisan and is the only Scott County artist with that designation. Harrison’s barn plaques have been at the Indiana State Museum gfstore, Indiana State Fair, and Madison Table Works in Madison, Indiana, and Branson, Missouri. In 2012, Harrison’s Scott County barn plaques became a permanent free public exhibit at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Indiana. The traveling tour in 2017-2018 completes the project at various venues where Harrison’s framed barn plaques will continue to celebrate Hoosier barn heritage. Harrison was invited to display his 2016 Bicentennial Barn Project Traveling Tour in Monroe County in conjunction with the Monroe County Barn Tour on October 28, 2017. For more information about Dorrel Harrison’s barn plaques, visit www.barnmillplaques.com For more information about the Monroe County Barn Tour, visit the Indiana Barn Foundation website at www.indianbarns.org


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