Indiana searching for historic farms for rural preservation award

Indiana News

Ind. (WEHT) – Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau are asking for nominations for the 2020 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation.

The award recognizes the preservation and continued use of historic farm buildings in Indiana. Since it was established in 1992, owners of 29 historic farms all over the state have been honored with the award.

Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award. 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 an attractive outdoor marker.

Submit nominations for the Arnold Award for Rural Preservation online at, or contact Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks, 812-232-4534, Deadline for nominations is June 5, 2020.

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(This story was originally published on April 21, 2020)

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