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Interested in learning more about New Hampshire barns before the July 12, 2014 Madison Barn Tour? Are you over 50? The Osher Lifelong Learning  Institute, better known as OLLI, at Granite State College is offering two short one-day classes this spring. Both sound fascinating.

Bob Cottrell, curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Library will be teaching “Covered Bridges and Barns: A History of Timber-Framed Buildings in New Hampshire” on June 3, 2014.  The OLLI catalog says the class will “examine our old covered bridges and timber-framed barns (especially around the Conway area), how they were built and what to make of the ones that are still standing.” This class will be in Conway.

On May 21 and May 28, 2014, Chet Riley owner and restorer of his own 1780 Yankee Barn, will talk about ” New Hampshire Barns of the 18th and 19th Centuries”.  This class will meet at Granite State College in Portsmouth and the May 28th session will take place at the Tuck Museum in Hampton with a tour of a recently restored 212 year old barn.  “An excellent opportunity to see how barns were constructed and perhaps motivation to join in the barn preservation movement.”

Either or both of these classes would be a terrific prelude to the July 12, 2014 Madison Old Barn Tour!  Bob Cottrell will be the featured speaker on July 11th at the Madison Library Chick Room.

The OLLI spring catalog is out now and registration starts Thursday, February 20, 2014.