SE Ohio's Dairy Barn opens show marking 100 years

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The dairy barn that has lent its name to a southeastern Ohio arts center is marking its 100th year with a series of community displays.

A centerpiece of the Dairy Barn Arts Center's centennial celebration will be this month's "It's All About the Barn" exhibition.

The Athens Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1cRE2pY) the show will trace the history of the structure from its roots providing milk for the Athens Lunatic Asylum to its conversion 35 years ago to an arts venue.

The exhibit — the first of several throughout the year — began this weekend and runs until Feb. 16.

The newspaper reports that after a storied period as the asylum's dairy, a citizens' task force saved the barn from destruction in the 1970s.

It's now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/

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