The Dundee Area Historical Society will hold a baked ziti dinner Oct. 25 at the Dundee Methodist Church, 35 Water St., Dundee to learn how an old barn can become a wonderful home.

Author and artist Deborah Jones has a fascinating story to tell about how she turned the family’s 19th Century barn into a home and studio.

A sculptor, Jones studied art at Elmira College, the University of Illinois, and Cornell University. She taught at Tompkins County Community College; the Institute for Arts in Education in both Utica and Albany; The Women’s Studies Program at Cornell; Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Ithaca College; Southern Tier Institute for Arts in Education, Binghamton and at Wells College.

Jones’ talk is about her experiences repurposing the family’s barn in Tompkins County into her home and studio and the book she wrote about the process: The Barn Story: A Woman’s Building Adventure. She did most of the work herself, spending seven years on the project. Books will be available for purchase at $40 each. $10 from each purchase price will be donated to the Society.

The cost is $12 per person for society members and $16 per person for non-members. Reservations are needed no later than Friday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. Call 607-243-7047 or email A social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a brief meeting and the program about 7 p.m.