The Barnes Trust for Historic Preservation
a 501c(3) entity, exists to accept the responsibility of preservation, protection, restoration, and to facilitate education of the past present, and future historical elements of the City of Barnes, including the community in and around Barnes, Kansas.
Official Office is located at
107 West Railroad Ave., Box 94, Barnes, KS 66933
THE BARNES TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION… was formed on July 17th, 2006 by Lance Bruna, Marc Cudney, Heather Oentrich, Alan Wesche, Todd E. Frye, and Cindy Hiesterman. Shortly thereafter the Trust applied for 501(c) status and was approved on March 6, 2007.
This group of individuals joined together to form a not for profit Charitable Trust . In the process of researching the history of Barnes, these individuals became aware of the history of the men who settled this area. Many of them were Civil War veterans who came here with a dream. They homesteaded and then gathered in Barnes. Many businesses were established by these same men who saw “A Need.” They built building with tall ornate tin ceilings and thirteen foot windows, an opera house, and they built a community. Having great respect for these men and for the heritage of their little community, this group has begun an adventure to restore, preserve, protect, and to facilitate education of the past, present and future historical elements of the City of Barnes, including the community in and around Barnes.
It was the intention of the Trust to concentrate initially on the restoration of the “Barnes State Bank” building.
The Annual Meeting for the Barnes Trust will be held annually in July. The Board of Directors are elected in a rotation of six members, three members serving for 3 years, and three members serving for 2 years. Three new Board members will be nominated from the Trust Membership at the July meeting. Each member shall have one vote at the meeting.