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OCT 18

A Night with the Director: Barns of the Susquehanna Valley

There will be a special screening of the documentary film, Barns of the Susquehanna Valley, at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg presented by the Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Preservation Society (HGAC).

Six-time Emmy Award-winner, Jonathan Slade, wrote, directed and produced this documentary film that explores the agricultural and historical significance of barns indigenous to south central Pennsylvania’s lower Susquehanna Valley. The film features interviews with farmers, landowners, historians, architects, preservationists and other barn enthusiasts. Highlights include the Star Barn, the Tomato Barn in Washington Boro, the Round Barn in Biglerville, the McPherson Barn on the Gettysburg National Military Park and many others.

Jonathan Slade will appear in person at the Majestic to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening. Jonathan and his wife, Novia Campbell spent two and a half years traveling the Susquehanna Valley to learn about these architectural icons, with help from experts like barn historian, Greg Huber, barn expert, Robert Ensminger and preservation specialist, David Maher.

Currently, Slade serves as Chair of the Department of Communications & Cinema at McDaniel College and specializes in micro-budget independent film making, and he has had a 30 year relationship with Maryland Public Television.

The underlying reason for this special screening is to spread the word among barn owners about the HGAC Barn Preservation Project and Grant Program, where qualified barn owners in Adams County may obtain grants to make needed repairs. All donations received during this event will be applied to fund the barn grant program. HGAC president, Anne Zabawa says, “If you own a barn in Adams County, or if you just love old barns, this event is for you. This will be a fun and informative night.” 

The HGAC Barn Preservation Project’s goal is to assist in the preservation of barns by encouraging interest and understanding of their importance to the rural heritage of our community. Project creator, Curt Musselman and barn preservation specialist, David Maclay will be on hand to explain the project, and to invite participation by local barn owners.

Admission to this special screening is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To reserve a seat for the screening, visit the Majestic Theater box office at 25 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg or call 717-337-8200 during business hours from Noon-7 pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm.

For more information about the screening or the HGAC Barn Preservation Project and Grant Program, visit or call Anne Zabawa at 717-339-9047 or Bob McIlhenny at 717-420-6500.

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