Barns of Wisconsin

Barns of Wisconsin

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In this new edition of his classic book, award-winning author Jerry Apps shares a unique perspective on the great barns of rural Wisconsin. Digging deep as both an enthusiast and a farmer, Apps reaps a story of change: from the earliest pioneer structures to the low steel buildings of modern dairy farms, barns have adapted to meet the needs of each generation. They’ve housed wheat, tobacco, potatoes, and dairy cows, and they display the optimism, ingenuity, hard work, and practicality of the people who tend land and livestock.

In this new edition of his classic book, award-winning author Jerry Apps shares a unique perspective on the great barns of rural Wisconsin. Digging deep as both an enthusiast and a farmer, Apps reaps a story of change: from the earliest pioneer structures to the low steel buildings of modern dairy farms, barns have adapted to meet the needs of each generation. They’ve housed wheat, tobacco, potatoes, and dairy cows, and they display the optimism, ingenuity, hard work, and practicality of the people who tend land and livestock.
Featuring more than 100 stunning full-color photographs by Steve Apps, plus dozens of historic images, Barns of Wisconsin illuminates a vanishing way of life. The book explores myriad barn designs—from rectangular to round, from gable roof to gambrel, from fieldstone to wood—always with an eye to the history and craftsmanship of the Norwegians, Germans, Swiss, Finns, and others who built and used them. Barns of Wisconsin captures both the iconic and the unique, including historic and noteworthy barns, and discusses the disappearance of barns from our landscape and preservation efforts to save these important symbols of American agriculture.


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Jerry Apps, a prolific author and rural historian, teams up with his son Steve, a photojournalist, to update his 1977 work on barns in rural Wisconsin. Featuring new photographs and updated sections on modern barn construction, the work takes the reader on a visual tour of historic barns while describing in detail the architectural, cultural and historical features that make these structures unique. A list of interesting Wisconsin barns on the national historical register, as well as a map of their locations, is provided. This work will appeal to barn enthusiasts and readers interested in rural history. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, ©2010
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780870205194
0870205196
087020453X
9780870204531
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 207 pages) : illustrations (some color), map
Additional Contributors: Apps, Steve

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