The Friends of the Library invites you to come to Frankfort Community Public Library  for our Annual Meeting May 10,  Barns and Blooms.

The exhibition will be on view from May 10 through May 30. Beautiful paintings and photos of barns, flowers, and nature by various Indiana artists will be on display and for sale, along with historical details provided by the Indiana Barn Foundation. “Old barns form an important part of the rural American landscape and represent a link to our agricultural heritage,” as stated by the Indiana Barn Foundation.

Schedule of Events for the 10th

  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Exhibit Opens to the public
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Garden Journal Workshop with Grace Gouveia. Decorate a journal to document your garden journey and have a keepsake for you and your family. Registration is limited, so please sign up early.
  • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Farmers Market – On the 2nd floor of the library, we will have our own Farmers Market. Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, there will be approximately 20 vendors set up, including several farms, greenhouses, and theme-appropriate artists. The Farmers Market and the exhibiting artists offer a plethora of opportunities to find that unique gift.
  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Hoosier Storytellers Program- We are excited to present a special edition of our Hoosier Storytellers program with the Red Barn Summer Theatre. The library’s Michael Clossin, also a Red Barn alumnus, will interview Artistic Director of the Red Barn, Michael Taylor, as well as special guests Jan McGill and Tom Bewley. They will chat about the Barn’s 2024 lineup of shows and provide updates on the barn and its grounds. In addition, they will share some of the history of the barn and its 55 seasons.
  • 7 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Friends Annual Meeting and announcement of the Volunteer of the Year of the Frankfort Library.
  • 7:15 p.m. The Indiana Barn Foundation (IBF) president, Kent Yeager, will share the vision of the IBF – raising awareness of threatened Indiana barns. The IBF has been helpful with the historical portion of our exhibit. Along with their presentation, IBF and Indiana Landmarks will have a shared booth with a captivating display of their projects.

There will be additional events throughout the month of May we would love for you to join us for. 

Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. - The Old Gray Barn will host a group for a tour of their event barn and discuss how they saved, renovated, and breathed new life into their barn. Registration is not required.

Thursday, May 30 at 4 p.m. - One of our featured artists, Gwen Gutwein, will discuss her Heritage Barns of Indiana Project, which has turned into a published book, Heritage Barns of Indiana.

This program has been made possible through a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Additional Sponsors:
Primary Sponsors: VFW #1110, Industrial Federal Credit Union
Co-Sponsors: Encompass Credit Union, Fraternal Order of Eagles #976
General Sponsor: Gangwer Powers Insurance Agency

We are sincerely grateful for the above agencies’ generous funding of our projects. Please join us as we learn more about the history and stories of our barns and the arrival of the new season’s blooms.