News & Updates for the Maasdam Barns

2000 South Main Street, Fairfield, Iowa

News, Friends of the Barns, & Updates

HOURS for spring, summer, & fall - Tuesdays & Thursdays 1pm-4pm,  Saturdays 10am-4pm.
The Maasdam Barns open on the 1st Tuesday in May,and close on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
(Tours are available anytime of the year by appointment.)

Louden Machinery Company Tour was added to this website (01-21-15).  See it here.

Listen now to the Maasdam Barns Audio Tours, or download the MP3 files to your smart phone or other device for later listening.

Watch Maasdam Barn videos of plowing with horses, and our chickens in Summer 2016, by Leon Connelly.

 

Maasdam Barns News

Dodge Power Wagons visit the Maasdam Barns, June 9, 2016

Click here to see a photo essay of the Dodge Power Wagons at the Barns as part of the 29th Annual Vintage Dodge Power Wagon Rally, held every year in Fairfield.
Power wagons at the Barns

 

Community Improvement Award, Apr 8, 2016

"Maasdam Barns / Museum / Welcome Center" received a Community Improvement Award (sponsored by Foss, Kuiken and Cochran, P.C.) from the Fairfield Area Chamber Of Commerce during its annual Awards Banquet on April 8, 2016. This award recognizes Chamber Member Businesses that have demonstrated a marked contribution to community improvement during 2015. Fairfield Community School District also received this award

The Annual Awards Banquet is the premier event of the year for the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Chamber members and the Fairfield community. Every award the Chamber hands out is designed to recognize investment and innovation on the part of Fairfield business and community institutions, be it capital improvements, resource redeployment, new media, or lifelong accomplishment. The Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet is about celebrating progress in our community.

In addition, one of our tireless volunteers, Dr. Larry Nash, was presented with the 2016 Outstanding Citizen Community Service Award (sponsored by Libertyville Savings Bank), recognizing citizens of the Fairfield area that have contributed to the betterment of community life, based on their record of voluntary service. Nancy Horras was also a recipient. More details on the Chamber Of Commerce website.

Construction of the new Storage Building is complete Sept 24, 2015

Click here to see a photo essay.
New storage building
(Sept 19, 2015)  Maasdam Barns wagon at Kiwanis Kids Day Parade.  Photos by Linn Vehslage.
Parade
Doug Smith provided his horse-drawn wagon and horses, sponsored by the Maasdam barns.
Parade

 

The First National Bank of Fairfield held their 150th Anniversary Celebration here, Aug 13, 2015.
Click here for more photos by Werner Elmker.
First National Bank Celebration

 

Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl, June 14, 2014.  Four museums were featured on this year's Museum Crawl.  Maasdam Barn activities included a "put up hay" demonstration and hay rides pulled by horses, among others. Don Cummings, Chairman of the Maasdam Barns Preservation Committee, estimated that about 300 visitors attended.
  See photos here.   new icon   Click here to view a narrated YouTube video of Louden Hay Carrier equipment.

 

Quilt project, Oct 29, 2013.  The Quilt Project has been completed. Quilts were one of the popular folk arts during the Maasdam era.

To celebrate this, a project was begun to show a quilt, and other items, hanging on a clothesline next to the Museum.  Aluminum panels were chosen for their durability, and show photos of a quilt, socks, a baby's dress, and a panel explaining quilting traditions.  See photos here.

Quilt

 

Farm Crawl News, July 5, 2013.  KTVO News has video coverage of the Hometown Harvest Farm Crawl.  View the video, including an interview with Don Cummings.

Chickens, May 25, 2013.  Our chickens have taken up residence in the Chicken Coop - see more photos here.

Award Received, May 21, 2013.  The Fairfield Beautification Commission, in cooperation with Jefferson County Historic Preservation Commission, presented the Rose Award to the Maasdam Barns Preservation Committee, for preservation of a local historic district and creation of a visitors center with museum displays.

Rose Award Presentation

Barns opened May 11, 2013.  KTVO News presented a report of the season opening of the Maasdam Barns, including an interview with Jim Salts.  View it here.

An article in the April 2013 Smithsonian Magazine lists Fairfield, IA, as number 7 of 20.  Read the The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013 article online, where the Maasdam Barns are mentioned.

New exterior sign.  A new sign was installed in front of the Museum, along Highway 1.  The small "Open" sign can be flipped down to "Closed".  Made possible in part by an Iowa Humanities grant.

Exterior sign

Audio Tour now available.  The Aug 29 edition of The Fairfield Ledger explains how a visitor can listen to the story of this farmstead while walking through the property.  Click here to download or listen to the audio file.

Barns on KTVO-TV, May 1, 2012.  See Kate Allt's report here.

 

Snowstorm in Feb 2012,  by Ginny Hughes.  See more.
Snow storm

Volunteer of the year,  Dec 8, 2011.  Details.

Open House,  Oct 7 & 8, 2011.  Photos.
Horse sign

Then & Now photo comparison page is now here.

Getting ready,  Sept 24, 2011.  Photos.

McCombs Lane,  Sept 23, 2011.  The story.
McCombs Lane

Welcome Center exhibits,  Sept 7, 2011.  See photos.

Volunteer work,  July & August, 2011.  See photos.

Volunteers,  June 11, 2011
More volunteer work, and updates.  See photos.

Show Barn

Volunteers,  May 14, 2011
During this rainy Saturday the Show Barn gets cleaned up and the Welcome Center interior gets attention.  See photos.

Update,  April 24, 2011
Progress was made over the winter -- the driveway and parking lot, the Welcome Center sidewalk-ramp, and on the restrooms.  See more photos.

Show Barn,  January, 2011
Contractors installed a new cupola for the Show Barn, and replaced the roof shingles.  Old photos show a cupola on the barn, but it was removed at some point, so a new one was built to match the photos.  See more photos.
Installing the show barn steeple

Jan 5, 2011, Restoration Work,  Jan 5, 2011
Read a story in the Fairfield Ledger - Restoration work returns original look to historic barn.

For the complete article, see the Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.
Or go to the Fairfield Ledger website, or our News Page.

Welcome Center,  Nov 2010
More work needs to be completed inside -- a timetable has not been established.  Some work will be handled by contractors, but much of the labor will continue to be performed by volunteers.
A photo essay of the renovation progress on the Welcome Center itself is on-going -- see it at the Welcome Center page.

Infrastructure work,  Sept-Nov 2010
In September 2010 a contractor started construction on the infrastructure. The project includes driveways and a parking lot, a ramp and sidewalks for the Welcome Center, and the foundation for a new garage.  Extra dirt from the work will be used to complete the filling-in of the old farm pond.

During the winter the dirt along the Welcome Center will be allowed to settle, before a sidewalk is constructed.  This will allow stair-less entry onto the front porch and hence into the building through the front door.   Photo essay here.

New parking lot construction

Information Sign,  Sept 2010
A large sign was installed next to the barns. One side has a full-size photo of the World's Largest Horse and the other side tells you about the Maasdam Barns complex.  See photos of the sign and of the construction of the frame.

Sign

See more photos of painting the storage garage.

Painting the storage garage

 

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