Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven

Michigan Flyweelers Museum
Michigan Flywheelers Museum (2017)

Our first grant was made in 2019 to the Michigan Flywheelers Museum for continued work on the Stephenson Barn. The post and beam barn was moved to their grounds some years ago and is used for multiple purposes including displays, Museum events, and sheltering museum artifacts. It is now also available for private events.

The Flywheelers host multiple events each year, including Farm History Day, Swap Meet, Kids lawn Tractor Day and its popular Antique Engine and Tractor Show.

Calhoun County Agricultural & Industrial Society (CCAIS), Marshall.

Barn Believers’ support will help with the preservation of a rare and historically-significant granary. The granary was first built on the Lockwood Farm near Marshall circa 1853 and some years later, moved just across the road where it was used by the Myron Avery family. In 2020, it was separated into three sections for moving to the grounds of Michigan’s longest running county fair (1848) where it resides beside a historic schoolhouse and across from a fair museum.

What distinguishes this granary from others of its time period is that it was mechanized and what makes it rare is not just that it still exists but that it still has all working parts. The CCAIS hopes to make it a working granary again when restoration is complete. Barn Believers support will be used in part for restoration work but largely for public education about the role of this granary on a working farm.

Michigan Flywheelers Museum

Michigan Flywheelers Museum

Michigan Flywheelers Museum

For more information about the Granary project, contact the CCAIS at 720 Fair Street, Marshall, MI 49068

Also in pursuit of our mission “To inform and inspire” Barn Believers is:

  • Sending a special letter to museums and historical societies to make them aware of our mission and the availability of grant support for eligible projects.
  • Teaming up with a major Michigan farm museum to assess the status of farm collections across the state.
  • Talking with stakeholders who influence agricultural education and training.
  • Updating and expanding our informational card which is given out free of charge.
  • Writing features for publication. A photo essay appears in the Chronicle for the Historical Society of Michigan and may be found online until circa mid-August at http://hsmichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Current-Chronicle-Cover-Story.pdf 
  • Board member, Jan Corey Arnett, will teach a two -hour class through the Lifelong Learning program of Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, in November. The class will include a visit to the “Barn Tree” at the Arnett home and a self-guided tour of barns in the greater Battle Creek area. The class itself will be a blend of history, barn stories, photos/music/PowerPoint, as well as a look at the challenges and opportunities facing old barns.