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Advisory Committee

20090527_bio_bobensmingerRobert (Bob) Ensminger, wrote the book, The Pennsylvania Barn: Its Origin, Evolution, and Distribution in North America (1992-2003), 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.


Gregory D. Huber 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. He is the owner of Eastern Barn Consultants, and author of The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania (2018). He was editor of  John Fitchen’s The New World Dutch Barn, (2001); and co-authored Stone Houses: Traditional Homes of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and Brandywine Valley,  with Margaret Bye Richie (2005). 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 won the Alice Kenney award in 1997 and the Allen Noble Book Award in 2003 issued by the Pioneer America Society.


Sheila Miller of Womelsdorf, Berks County, is the founding president of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania.  Her dream to create a non-profit organization whose purpose would be the documentation and preservation of historic barns began to take shape in December 2006 when she and Robert Ensminger discussed work she had spearheaded in the Commonwealth as chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania to survey the state’s historic barns.  Miller is a former member of the PA General Assembly, retiring in November 2006.  “Bob contacted me after reading a newspaper article about the Center’s barn survey work and we agreed to meet to discuss creating an organization to help save historic barns.”  Miller owns two farms, one with an 1880s circa stone-sided standard Pennsylvania barn, the other with a barn she and her family moved, piece by piece, from a borough ten miles away.



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.


Laura Walker, Term 2019-2022 For many years, Laura Walker applied an avid curiosity, a scholar’s depth and practical know-how to her study of the rural vernacular architecture of Washington County. She was active with local non-profit groups and citizen’s committees, advocating for historic preservation and farmland protection. In 2014 she and Terry Necciai hosted HBFF’s tour there. She has been on the board of HBFF since 2010, and also served as treasurer for several years. But now (2018) the little farm in Washington County has been sold and Laura and her husband have moved to a retirement community in Lexington Virginia. No doubt she will continue her interests in agriculture, history and preservation there too.