Saturday, October 3, 2009 10 AM – 11:30 AM
TMCC Nature Learning Center, Albany NH
Free and open to the public


Thomas C. Hubka, author of Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England will present an informal slide presentation free and open to the public. Mr. Hubka will discuss the evolution of farm house styles, barns, ells and other out buildings, as well as dooryard layouts. He discusses the early English features, adaptive uses, and various and necessary modifications made to these buildings by ensuing generations to create more modern and useful styles.

Many alterations began after 1830 when Midwestern wheat production outdid New England’s productivity. Home industries required further modifications. Ensuing generations “modernized” interiors and exteriors, creating many of the familiar farmsteads we love to observe or photograph along rural roads today.

Mr. Hubka is a professor of Urban Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While writing his book, Mr. Hubka photographed hundreds of Northern New England farmsteads and interviewed numerous, aging farmers in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. His book is heavily illustrated with new and antique photographs, as well as architectural drawings of northern New England farmsteads and will be made available for purchase and signing thanks to White Birch Books of North Conway.

Support for this thought-provoking public program comes from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. This presentation is the Kick-Off to our Historic Barn Tour Event.

Call Donna Dolan or email for more information.