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Indiana Landmarks and Farm Bureau to present award at 2014 State Fair

Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2014 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on April 18.

Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award, which will be presented during Farmers Day festivities at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2014. The nomination is simple and 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. Historic images are also welcome. 

The award winner receives a handsome outdoor marker, a vehicle pass to the Indiana State Fair, and overnight accommodations in Indianapolis for the Farmers Day ceremony.

Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation Award 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 on Indiana Landmarks’ website at www.indianaland or by calling Tommy Kleckner at 812-232-4534 or e-mail tkleckner@indianaland