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Financial incentives (Aug 3, 2015)
Iowa Tax Legislation for Barn Restoration.
Federal tax credits for rehabilitating barns and depreciation deductions
Barn Stories/Magazine - Barn Stories and Magazine Articles.
Historic Barns at ISU, Never mind VEISHEA, ISU Horse Barns Still Site of Greatest Show
Read some other articles (as webpages) that may appear, or have appeared, in our Magazines.
Some issues of the Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine are available as a PDF.
Read some some articles from past issues of the Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine.
Resources - Resources available for barn owners.
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Kenneth Ruegsegger, Mount Pleasant
There are those who give their lives trying to make a better society. Kenneth Ruesegger, Mount Pleasant , was one of those. His passing last week was a loss to Iowa, to barns, to America. He was one of those hard working people generous of spirit.
He and his wife, Marilyn, attended a barn tour and saw that signage was minimal. An expert in carpentry, the offered to make signs and take them around the state. So, for many years, Joe created the beautiful directional signs, and he and Marilyn drove from corner to corner of the state personally delivering the handmade signs to owners of barns on tour. It was a huge job--a labor of love.
These were special people who gave time, talent and effort to enrich the Iowa Barn Foundation--to enrich Iowa.
We'll still see some of those lovely signs. And, we will still stop and think of the wonderful couple who dedicated so much time to make the tour, Iowa, even better. We will always be grateful. Thank you, Marilyn and Ken.
Jacqueline Andre Schmeal, President Emeritus
Jason Zabokrsky, Troy Mills, wrote:
"Barns symbolize the agricultural heritage of those who founded the state of Iowa. That agricultural heritage is synonymous with important values. These values include dedication to hard work, honesty, integrity, family, and community...
...As barns are destroyed a valuable part of our heritage is also lost. If Iowans lost these historic barns from the landscape, one may posit that Iowans will begin to lose sight of the important values of hard work, honesty, integrity, family, and community which they represent."