Dr. Kroeger sought to bring an awareness to and record the story of these historic structures. His project began with painting at least one barn in each of Ohio’s 88 counties and writing an essay about it. This project evolved into a book, Historic Barns of Ohio.
Continuing his work, Dr. Kroeger has offered fund raiser opportunities to historical societies in Ohio and the Champaign County Historical Society has invited him to share his barn stories and demonstrate his painting technique using palette knives and the impasto technique.
Following the demo painting, the painting will be raffled off with proceeds benefiting the CCHS.
Dr. Kroeger met with CCHS Board Trustee, Ken Wright, in January and toured Champaign County searching for old barns. From his photos taken that day, he painted thirteen Champaign County barns which were used for a 2023 Historic Barns of Champaign County calendar created by CCHS Board Trustee, Vince Gonzalez. The calendar will be unveiled at the meeting and available for purchase.
Following the program will be a book signing of Dr. Kroeger’s book, Historic Barns of Ohio and refreshments will be served.
The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge for the event and participation in the raffle is entirely voluntary.
For future CCHS events, visit www.champaigncountyhistoricalmuseum.org/events.