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20090527_bio_bobensmingerRobert (Bob) Ensminger, 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.

Sheila Miller

20090527_bio_kensandri Ken Sandri 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.
Fred Will 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.
20090527_bio_genewingertC. Eugene Wingert 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.