An old barn will get new life at Nebraska’s Allwine Prairie Preserve. Tom Bragg is with the Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska – Omaha and says the barn and silo will be moved from its current site on Thursday.
The barn was built in the 1880’s. Owner Barbie Hayes wanted to preserve the barn but due to road changes near the property she decided the best way to do that was to donate it to the Allwine Prairie Preserve. The barn will eventually be renovated into a state-of-the-art field lab, classroom, kitchen and library. They also hope to connect the barn and silo with a walkway that will be used as a lookout tower.
Bragg says over one-thousand grade school children visit the preserve each year but they are limited in what they can do because of lack of bathrooms and other facilities. The renovation of the barn will solve that problem.
Barbi Hayes also donated $605,000 to restore the structures into the education and research facility. An anonymous donor also gave $50.000. They continue to seek donations to complete the education facility.