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Board of Directors

The first official Board of Directors of the HBFF of PA was elected by a unanimous vote during the Pennsylvania Barns Annual Meeting and Tour held June 7, 2009 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

President:

20090527_bio_jeffmarshall Jeffery Marshall, Term 2011-2014.  Vice President of Resource Protection at Heritage Conservancy in Doylestown, PA has been involved in historic preservation for 30 years having been involved with the documenting, photographing and researching of over 10,000 old buildings. He is a recognized expert in southeastern Pennsylvania historic architecture. He has taught courses on local history and preservation at the Bucks County Community College. Mr. Marshall has been a presenter at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference as well as numerous other state and regional conference. Marshall serves on the Board of Directors of the National Barn Alliance and Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the recently published Barns of Bucks County as well as other books on various aspects of Bucks County history and architecture.In 2003 he was the recipient of inaugural “Bucks County Preservation Legacy Award” created in his honor for more than 20 years of leadership and dedication for the preservation of historic places and open spaces by the Bucks County Commissioners. He is also the recipient of Governor, Senate and Pennsylvania of Representatives commendations for career achievements in conservation and preservation

Vice President:

20090527_bio_priscilladeleon  Priscilla deLeon, Term 2012-2014, was appointed to serve as interim Historic Barn and Farm Foundation director on its initial board. She is an elected official in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, serving since 1988 as a councilwoman and past president.  She is the president and founding member of the Saucon Valley Conservancy, an all volunteer non-profit organization whose primary goal is the preservation of the Heller Homestead and Barn owned by Lower Saucon Township.She feels very strongly about preserving our heritage through historic preservation and environmental protection.  Future generations depend on us for protection and preservation of these precious resources before they are lost forever. She and has never forgotten Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the “Environmental Rights Amendment. She was one of the leading proponents for the Township accepting ownership of the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse in 2002 and the preservation efforts of the Old Mill Bridge acquired by the Township in 1988.  She is a past board member of the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society and currently serves on the Advisory Board.

Secretary:

2013_bio_judy_lengle Judith Ann Lengle Term 2012-2015, lives on a farm in the Pine Grove area of Schuylkill County. Her son lives on a farm close by so together they have two old barns. “I have loved barns and farms since I was a child visiting my uncle’s farm. I have been keeping my own horses since I was 10 years old. My dream was to have a farm of my own. I thank God every day that the dream has come true. My husband Scott and I have three horses and we trail ride together, doing horse camping in the mountains of Pennsylvania during the summer months. I have two grandchildren that I keep two days a week and truly love having the opportunity to watch them grow up and enjoy farm life with them. My son does most of the farming now. We raise hay, a few beef calves, produce maple syrup, and we do our own butchering. I think of old barns as hallowed places, and I can’t see enough of them. I have discovered many log cribs barns in my local area, and I look forward to finding more.

Treasurer:

20090527_bio_melissaevansLaura Walker, Term 2010-2013 lives on a small historic farm (1845 log barn) in southwestern PA. Once raising natural colored sheep for spinning fleeces, she now boards and manages broodmares and foals. When not farming, she brings an active curiosity, a scholar’s depth and practical know-how to her study of the rural vernacular architecture of Washington County, a place where sheep dominated the landscape and where the PA Culture Region meets Midwestern and Appalachian influences.With a BA in Anthropology (Brown 1973), Laura has worked in historical archaeology (RI, WA), restored the Mason House on Woodlawn Plantation (VA) for the National Trust, prepared district nominations and participated in surveys of historic structures. She is the Landmarks Chair for Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. She was instin her township, still serving on the ASA Advisory Committee. In 2003 she was named LWV’s county Environmentalist of the Year for raising awareness of historic farmscapes. She is also a member of PAS and VAF.

Directors:

 

Roger Dietrich, Term 2011-2014.  Roger W. Dietrich was born on rural Long Island and grew up in New York City, Philadelphia, and Southern Vermont. He worked for International Harvester Co., Inc. for 15 years followed by 22 years as a vocational agriculture teacher at a Chester County, PA Vocational Technical School. 45 years ago he purchased his current home in Montgomery County, PA; an 1850’s stone farmhouse with bank barn. Most of the upgrades were attempted on a learn-as-you go basis. He has been active in his community over the last 20 years; Co-Founding the International Harvester Collectors of Southeastern PA, Chapter 8, as well as serving on the board and as an assistant exhibitor for the Goschenhoppen Historians’ Folk Festival. His current interests include a son and two daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He enjoys local Pennsylvania German History, vintage farm equipment, and continuing to improve his property and buildings.
2013_bio_patrick_donmoyer Patrick Donmoyer, Term 2013-2016.  Patrick Donmoyer is the site manager at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. Patrick has spent the past six years documenting decorated barns in southeastern PA, and is the author of an upcoming book, Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars. Patrick is also the author of numerous articles and a book on early folk medicine in Pennsylvania. He is also an active speaker and promoter of the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, and is the coeditor of the dialect journal Hiwwe wie Driwwe.
20090527_bio_bobensmingerRobert (Bob) Ensminger, Term 2012-2015, wrote the book, The Pennsylvania Barn, after many years of fieldwork and research into its origins, evolution, and migration across North America. He is a professor of geography emeritus at Kutztown University. Ensminger was raised in East Greenville, PA and served in Japan in the U.S. Army after WWII. He graduated with honors from West Chester State College in 1950, and earned a master’s degree in Education from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in geography from Rutgers University. He taught geography, history, and general science in Upper Perkiomen and Southern Lehigh secondary schools. He joined the faculty at Kutztown University’s Geography Department in 1968 where he taught for seventeen years while continuing graduate studies at Penn State, Indiana University, and Brigham Young University.Bob’s extensive travel in North America and Europe spurred his interest in vernacular architecture which produced two major articles on the Pennsylvania barn in Pennsylvania Folklife magazine in 1980 and 1983. More years of travel and research produced his classic book, The Pennsylvania Barn, Its Origins, Evolution and Distribution in North America, released in 1992. His continued research has been published in a revised edition in 2002.
Joe Glass, Term 2012-15. Joe Glass was born and raised in Chambersburg, Franklin County. He, along with Bob Ensminger and John Heyl, were HBFF of PA’s honorees at our 2008 conference and historic barn tour at Kutztown, Berks County. “Older barns are being lost at I believe to be at an alarming rate by both natural and man-made forces. I think efforts to preserve them might be improved. I’d like Pennsylvania barns to become more widely recognized and better known first as landscape features, then as complex structures, historical artifacts and cultural symbols. Perhaps my service on the board might be helpful in that regard.” Dr. Glass earned his bachelor’s degree from Millersville in 1953, his master’s and doctorate in geography from Penn State in 1959 and 1971, respectively. He served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. He taught at Hempfield High School from 1955-61, and was a professor of geography from 1961-1990 at Millersville University. He and wife Susan live in Millersville, Lancaster County.
20090527_bio_greghuberGregory D. Huber, Term: 2012-15, is a house and barn historian, an independent scholar, consultant and principal owner of Past Perspectives, a historic and cultural resources company based in Macungie, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. His special focus is in House Histories of historic homesteads in southeast Pennsylvania and beyond. A student of early vernacular architecture since 1971, Huber has specialized in pre-1830 barn and house architecture of Holland Dutch and Pennsylvania Swiss-German. He has documented nearly 6,500 vernacular buildings including more than 2000 Pennsylvania barns in the east since the mid 1970’s. He is author of more than 105 articles on barn and house architecture and is co-author of two books – the second edition of The New World Dutch Barn (2001) and Stone Houses – Traditional Homes of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and Brandywine Valley (2005). He won the Alice Kenney award in 1997 and the Allen Noble Book Award in 2003 issued by the Pioneer America Society.
Michael Term 2012-2015, has participated in HBFF of PA’s annual barn tour for a number of years with camera in hand. He is our webmaster and making the organization’s website more current. “My interest in barns started with the photography angle and grew from there as I attended a few barn tours in different areas. I think of my photography as helping to preserve the barns that are out there from a historical standpoint. Meeting several directors in the HBFF of PA has really helped me to learn the more technical aspects of barns and why and how they were built. I live in the Lehigh Valley area. (Since Michael is generally the one taking the photographs, he did not have a picture of himself for the newsletter but shared this group shot taken at Franklin County tour).
2013_yvonne_ramsey_lefevreYvonne Ramsey-Lefevre Term 2011-2014, lives in Perkasie, Upper Bucks County. She works for a manufacturing company in Montgomeryville and is concerned about the loss of the region’s rural character. She commented that this loss is occurring at an alarmimg rate and she would like to be part of saving the barns which are an integral part of area.. Yvonne has participated in HBFF of PA’s annual meetings in 2009 and 2010 and all of the historic barn tours — Oley in 2008, Gettysburg in 2009, and Chester County in 2010.
20090527_bio_kensandri Ken Sandri, Term 2010-2013, lives in the Poconos and works at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA. He received a BA in Anthropology in1980 and has 30 years experience in cultural resource management. His professional career includes archeologist, author of a book on historic architecture, and a twenty year historic preservation career with two federal agencies, the National Park Service and the US Forest Service, where he preserves significant architecture on federal historic sites.Ken’s interests lie in preserving our cultural history through our physical culture. His interest lies is categorizing structures by architectural style, dating them, documenting construction methodology and building traditions associated with various ethnic groups. He performs evaluations, condition assessments and recommends repair and preservation treatments for property owners outside the government.Ken is also a barn enthusiast and appreciates the importance of our agriculture heritage in the development of Pennsylvania and America. Barn designs express both the builder’s needs and their ethnic building traditions. Ken enjoys examining and documenting barns according to their date of build, tradition, type and subtype. He has assisted hundreds of property owners in the Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
20090527_bio_genewingertC. Eugene Wingert Term 2010-2013, is a proprietor farm operator in St. Thomas, Franklin County. He has been farming since 1953 through the present. Gene served as Director for ASCS-USDA (Northeast Area ) from 1989 to 1991. The Northeast Area consists of the ten New England states, including Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He was Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture from 1979 through 1987. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau State Board for five years. Additionally he has served on numerous other agriculturally-related committees in varied capacities.
Fred Will Term 2010-2013, Life long resident of Somerset Co., Fred Will was born and raised on a dairy farm which is still in operation by his brother Bob. Fred is a Viet Nam War veteran and is retired from Pa Electric Co. He serves as vice president on the Board of Directors of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County. After losing the original Pennsylvania barn on the home farm to fire in 1991 and with his involvement in the Historical Society, he started to locate and document local barns. He now has approximately 300 barns of special interest documented and photographed, including decorated barns, log barns, and split barns. First appointed to the HBFF of PA Board of Directors in 2009; elected to a three-year term in 2010.
Chris Witmer, Term 2011-2014,  graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and resides in Berks County. He is a former board member of the Pennsylvania German Society. He is involved in educational activities about the Pennsylvania Dutch through work at Landis Valley Museum, the Goshenhoppen Folk Festival, and Historic Schaefferstown.