INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau are accepting nominations for the 2011 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation.
The award, co-sponsored by the two groups, recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.
Anyone, including farm owners, may submit a nomination form. Information requested on the form includes:
* A description and brief history of the farm. This may include information about the length of ownership, number of acres farmed, major crops or products and significant historic features,
* 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, and
* Photographs (digital preferred) of the farm and its preserved historic features. These may include houses, barns, outbuildings and other historic elements. Historic images are welcome.
The award will be presented during Farmers' Day festivities at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 18, 2011. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., May 27.
The award winner will receive a weatherproof Arnold Award sign, a pass to the Indiana State Fair, overnight accommodations in Indianapolis for the Farmers' Day ceremony and a story in Indiana Preservationist magazine.
The award is named in memory of John Arnold (1955-91), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation honors those who share a similar commitment to preserving the landmarks and landscape of rural Indiana.
The nomination form is available in the About Us section of Indiana Landmarks' website, www.indianalandmarks.org.
For more information, or to receive the nomination by mail, contact Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks' Western Regional Office in Terre Haute, at 812-232-4534, or e-mail email@example.com.