Thursday, August 30, 2012

Talking barns

It is a real pleasure showing our films in the Wineck Barn.  Many of the visitors to the Alaska State Fair come in just to look at the barn itself.  So it is always a pleasure when colony kid Earl Wineck, whose father Ed built the barn in 1936, stops by to share his stories about the barn and teach us more about its construction and history.

On August 29 Earl came by and talked with Helen Hegener, who is writing a book about the Matanuska Colony Barns. Helen had come to the barn to photograph it and learn more about it, so she was delighted to be able to talk with Earl and explore the barn together.

Helen will be joining us in the Wineck Barn on Saturday, September 1st at 1:30 to talk about her upcoming book, "Matanuska Colony Barns."  She has been traveling around the Matanuska Valley to photograph the barns (26 already), and is researching the history of each barn. Join us for this event, and learn more about these beautiful, historic buildings.