2014 Alaska State Fair

Northern Light Media was at the Alaska State Fair again in August and September, 2014, once again in the beautiful Wineck Colony Barn!

The Wineck barn, as lovely as ever!

The Wineck barn, as lovely as ever!


This year Northern Light Media had two additional books for sale, sharing the history behind the 1935 Matanuska Colony.

This year Northern Light Media had two additional books for sale, sharing the history behind the 1935 Matanuska Colony.


Interior and exterior details of the barns, and tools such as a hay hook, a pulley for lifting bales and feed sacks into the hayloft, a lantern and more were popular with visitors!

Interior and exterior details of the barns, and tools such as a hay hook, a pulley for lifting bales and feed sacks into the hayloft, a lantern and more.


A closer look at the old hay hook and the wooden pulley.

A closer look at the old hay hook and the wooden pulley.

Historic photos of the Wineck tract with the barn in its original location.

Historic photos of the Wineck tract with the barn in its original location.


A poster for the Colony Barns book, and all three books on display.

A poster for the Colony Barns book, and all three books on display.


A rainbow over the Wineck barn - what a lovely way to end a day at the Fair!

A rainbow over the Wineck barn – what a lovely way to end a day at the Fair!

 

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More Barn Photos

Earl Wineck barn, originally on tract no. 174 near Bodenburg Butte, now at the Alaska State Fairgrounds near Palmer. Photo by Eric Vercammen/Northern Light Media

Earl Wineck barn, originally on tract no. 174 near Bodenburg Butte, now at the Alaska State Fairgrounds near Palmer. Photo by Eric Vercammen/Northern Light Media

Arnold Havemeister barn on tract no. 167, on Bogard Road, east of Wasilla. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

Arnold Havemeister barn on tract no. 167, on Bogard Road, east of Wasilla. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

Lawrence Arndt barn on tract No. 190, Palmer-Wasilla Highway, west of Palmer. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

Lawrence Arndt barn on tract No. 190, Palmer-Wasilla Highway, west of Palmer. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

Larsh-Wilson barn, originally on tracts no. 31 and 32, now at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, Wasilla. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

Larsh-Wilson barn, originally on tracts no. 31 and 32, now at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, Wasilla. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

Leonard Bergan barn, tract no. 181, Bodenburg Loop Road, southeast of Palmer. Photo by Albert Marquez/Planet Earth Adventures

Leonard Bergan barn, tract no. 181, Bodenburg Loop Road, southeast of Palmer. Photo by Albert Marquez/Planet Earth Adventures

Lloyd Bell barn, tract no. 195, Doc McKenzie Road and Bodenburg Loop Road, southeast of Palmer. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

Lloyd Bell barn, tract no. 195, Doc McKenzie Road and Bodenburg Loop Road, southeast of Palmer. Photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media

The Book Cover

BarnCover2After going through hundreds of photos and dozens of front and back cover layout options, here is a first look at the final design for the cover of the new book.

The author and Earl Wineck talking about barns. (photo: Susan Patch)

The author and Earl Wineck, Jr. at the 2012 State Fair, talking about barns. (photo: Susan Patch)

The barn on the front is the Earl Wineck barn at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. This is a photograph I took at the end of the Fair last summer. At the invitation of my friend Joanie Juster, I spent many delightful hours in the Wineck barn, talking about the history of the barns, and watching the documentary film Joanie co-produced on the Matanuska Colony Project, Alaska Far Away, as she shared it each day. I gave a couple of slideshow presentations on the barns, and I was delighted to meet many wonderful people who also appreciate the old barns, including Earl Wineck, Jr., who talked his dad into donating their barn to the Fairgrounds.

Bailey/Estelle barn, 2008 (photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media)

Bailey/Estelle barn, 2008

The Wineck barn also appears as the background image on the back cover. The upper image on the back cover is also my photograph, the Ferber Baily barn on Marsh Road, now owned by Richard Estelle.

NLMBarnLogoThe bottom image is the new logo for Northern Light Media, made from one of the art prints which my sister, Susan Patch, created from a photograph I took last summer of the Raymond Greise barn on Outer Springer Loop Road, south of Palmer.

The book is in the final stages of production and will be published the first week of May, 2013.

Alaska State Fair Presentation

Author Helen Hegener speaking about the barns

 

Photos courtesy of Susan Patch

Author Helen Hegener gave two talks and did a slide presentation on the Matanuska Colony Barns at the Wineck Barn at the Alaska State Fair on September 1st, at the invitation of Joanie Juster, whose documentary films Alaska Far Away and Where the River Matanuska Flows have been showing throughout the Fair. The talks highlighted the history of the Matanuska Colony and how the barns were an integral part of the farmstead each of the Colonist families were tasked with building on their parcel of land.

Earl Wineck talking about Colony barns

The films, slideshow, and presentations brought many people into the Wineck Barn to talk about the old Colony barns, including Mr. Earl Wineck, whose father oversaw the building of not only the Wineck Barn in 1936, but many other barns constructed at the same time near their home at Bodenburg Butte. Mr. Wineck, who came to Alaska with his family when he was only eight years old, graciously spoke at length about his father’s contributions, and what it was like growing up in the Matanuska Colony. He explained many details of the barns such as the construction, and the ventilation system, and he explained how the Wineck barn was moved to its present location at the State Fair after his father donated it in 1975. The big structure was sawn in half and trucked to the fairgrounds in four pieces, and once it was in place at its current location, a ceremonial dedication was held and August 28, 1977 was declared “Ed Wineck Day” at the Alaska State Fair.

Wayne Bouwens talks about the barns

Another surprise guest speaker was Mr. Wayne Bouwens, whose family lived on tract number 53, just south of the present-day fairgrounds. A well-known local historian, Mr. Bouwens also shared knowledge gained in growing up amongst the Colony barns, explaining how the barns were utilized and telling many interesting stories about life in the Matanuska Colony.

Having Earl Wineck and Wayne Bouwens join the presentation was a delightful highlight of the afternoon, and between the two talks about the barns the two men spent over an hour poring over and identifying photos of barns from the Colony project and determining which family tracts they’d been built upon in 1936.

Earl Wineck and Wayne Bouwens locating barns

Helen Hegener with Joanie Juster