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March 20, 2018

3/12/2018 4:11:00 AM
Museum looking for tales of Burney Barn
Photo courtesy of Jim Stafford
Photo courtesy of Jim Stafford
Photo courtesy of Jim Stafford
Photo courtesy of Jim Stafford

By Barb Johnson
Yellow Trail Museum director

The Yellow Trail Museum is offering some exciting new programs.

The first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., we hold Saturday Samplers for kids presented by the Bartholomew County Historical Society. In March we had 23 kids attend along with parents, as we learned about candles and dipped our own.

The next Saturday Sampler will be at 10 a.m., April 7th and will be about backyard gardening. These programs are free and include a lesson, hands on activities, and a snack.

For adults, we are holding discussion groups on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Topics vary but usually relate to Hope or the surrounding communities. Free coffee and donuts are offered, and the meetings are open to all ages from anywhere.

Now, we are looking for stories from people of our community. Jim Stafford has approached us with pictures of the Burney Barn just outside Hope on County Road 650N. For decades kids (and sometimes adults) played basketball at the barn, where the inside was set up for the perfect basketball court!

We are looking for any stories people would be willing to share about their time at that great barn. Years have taken their toll on that wonderful place to meet and practice skills. It would no longer safe for groups to gather there, but we know if that barn could talk we would hear wonderful stories.

If you are interested in sharing what you remember, please send a written story to Yellow Trail Museum; Burney Barn Story; P. O. Box 141, Hope, IN 47246. You could email those stories to Barb Johnson at hopesimmonsschool@gmail.com.

On Sunday, March 25th, at 2 p.m., there will be a special discussion group to share memories of that barn.

Questions about any of these events can be directed to the Yellow Trail Visitor Information Center at (812) 546-8020 or to Barb Johnson at 812-371-7969.

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