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ITC Great Plains Provides Grant For Historic Round Barn Roof

MULLINVILLE, Kan. (Aug. 21, 2023) – ITC Great Plains is supporting preservation efforts of the nationally historic Fromme-Birney round barn through a $2,000 grant awarded to the Kiowa County Historical Society.

The Fromme-Birney Round Barn, constructed in 1912 by H.W. Fromme, was originally built to house draft horses. Over the years, the horses were replaced by tractors and the round barn was donated to the Kiowa County Historical Society in 1994. In 2022, the 110-year-old barn was in need of a new roof to allow visitors to safely visit the historic site.

“The barn is a source of community pride. The initial restoration of the round barn took place in 1995,” said Kiowa County Historical Society Member Norval Ralstin. “ITC Great Plains’ $2,000 grant contribution will go towards replacing siding and paint, allowing visitors to continue to view the displays portraying Kansas agricultural life in 1912.”

Through its grant programs, ITC Great Plains supports organizations that make a strong, positive social impact and improve the quality of life in the communities served by the company.

“ITC Great Plains is honored to support the Fromme-Birney Round Barn upkeep effort,” said ITC Local Government and Community Affairs Regional Manager Kim Goodnight. “We are deeply committed to serving landowners and preserving the history of Kansas.”

Group of people standing in front of white barn
Local Government and Community Affairs Manager Kim Goodnight presents a check to several members of the Round Barn Committee. Pictured in front of the Round Barn are Beverly Ralstin, Darren McDonald, Norval Ralstin, Kim Goodnight, Evelyn Neier and Bob Neier.

The Fromme-Birney Round Barn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in 1987. The round barn was recognized as one of the 8 Architectural Wonders of Kansas by the Kansas Sample Foundation in 2008. For more information visit

About ITC Great Plains 
ITC Great Plains LLC is a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. ITC Great Plains operates approximately 470 circuit miles of transmission lines in Kansas and Oklahoma. The company maintains regional offices in Dodge City, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For further information visit ITC Holdings Corp. is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit

Media Contacts: 
Darcy Ehrmann, Senior Communications Specialist, ITC Great Plains or 319-297-6837