Saving the past for tomorrow's future!
VISION STATEMENT: Our vision is to develop the Thumb Octagon Barn complex for the community as an agricultural museum and educational center open to individuals, families and student groups to educate and stimulate awareness of our agricultural heritage.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to maintain a volunteer group of Friends of the Thumb Octagon Barn involved in the restoration and preservation of the barn complex as an educational tool preserving our rural and agricultural history for the benefit of our visitors. Fund-raising efforts have grown into annual events known around the state. The vision to preserve has grown into a plan to own and operate an historical agricultural site for the education, recreation and entertainment of the community and visitors. Currently the Friends of the Thumb Octagon Barn has nearly 800 members — many from all over the State of Michigan and around the country. Members may receive the Barn Newsletter and volunteer their time to help out if they are able. There are always work activities, festivals, gatherings and restoration upkeep that bring members together in the community. Help is always needed and appreciated. Upkeep is ongoing...
VALUES STATEMENT: As stewards of the Octagon Barn, we embrace the diversity within our organization and celebrate our many individual talents. We are committed to our visitors and have a passion for the Octagon Barn complex as an educational tool to share with the community our rural heritage. We take on big challenges, and pride ourselves on seeing them completed. We have a responsibility to hold ourselves accountable to the legacy of the Octagon Barn as it continues to grow in the future.
Please stop by on Saturday July 29th or Sunday July 30th for the annual open house weekend. This is the time to bring your friends and relatives for a free tour of the site. Louie and Linda Wehrman will be in the grain elevator telling the story of wheat production…
More details will be coming soon and you can follow this link to register for the 2018 School Tours.
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Here’s a quick wrap up of this years 2017 School Tours at the Thumb Octagon Barn: 1,301 Students, 400 Chaperones, 185+ Volunteers! A special thanks goes out to the MSU Extension Program and the DEQ for helping us out with the programming. We will be announcing the theme for…
Download the flyer here
We now have close to six years worth of the Thumb Octagon Barn Newsletters on-line to view or download as a pdf document. There’s lots of great history to explore! Follow this link to explore