Track 6: INTEGRATING OLD AND NEW – BUILDINGS, DISTRICTS, and LANDSCAPES / Volet 6: Intégrer l’ancien et le nouveau – Immeubles, quartiers et paysages

What Are we Going to Do About Barns? The Barn as Family Farm Symbol and Conservation Challenge in Southern Saskatchewan

Saturday, October 14
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Barns are cultural landmarks of rural life and identity, and are representative and symbolic of family owned and operated farms. The predominant barn styles of particular regions define the look, feel, and place-identity of local communities and landscapes. Barns also reflect the inherent industriousness of rural, agricultural landscapes – each barn is an indicator of the production of some sort of agricultural commodity, the sheer number of them attesting to the importance of agriculture in the foundation of Canada. This presentation will reflect on the research for my graduate thesis “Every Place had a Barn:” The Barn as a Symbol of the Family Farm in Southern Saskatchewan. Barns are important in that they reveal much about farming practices across the varied regions of Canada, reveal the changes therein over time, and represent the central site of work for the millions of ordinary Canadians who made their living through farming over the past 150 years of our existence as a nation.

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Kristin Catherwood

Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer,
Heritage Saskatchewan

Kristin Catherwood, MA, is a folklorist with expertise in vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. She completed graduate work at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Department of Folklore, conducting original research on barns in Essex, UK and southern Saskatchewan, as well as participating in field schools focused on vernacular architecture of the inshore fishery of Newfoundland, and cultural landscapes and heritage preservation practices in Essex and London, UK. She is currently the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for Heritage Saskatchewan, and previously worked for SaskCulture and the National Film Board of Canada’s Grasslands Project. Born and raised on a century family farm in southern Saskatchewan, she once again calls the rural prairie home.

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