Find help in caring for historic barns

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A free workshop for owners of heritage barns will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St.

Chris Moore will discuss the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative. The state's Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation has established the Heritage Barn Register, a statewide list of historically significant barns.

Owners of historic barns -- those more than 50 years old that retain a significant degree of historic integrity -- can nominate their barn to be designated as a heritage barn and be included in the statewide register.

Owners of designated heritage barns can apply for state matching grants to assist with barn stabilization and rehabilitation projects.

Moore, field director with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, said 18 Clark County barns are on the Heritage Barn Register; three have received funding, he said.

Oct. 1 is the deadline for the next round of nominations; the deadline to submit applications requesting barn rehabilitation grant funds is Oct. 28.

For more information about the workshop or the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative, contact Moore at 206-624-9449 or at cmoore@preservewa.org.

Information about the Heritage Barn Program, including nomination and application forms, is at http://dahp.wa.gov/heritage-barn-register.