History of barns subject of Second Saturdays

Second Saturdays-Journeys into Local History sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center continues its new season on November 8 , 2014, when Jerry Apps will give an interesting historical perspective on the history of barns.

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. Apps’ book of the same name features more than 100 stunning fullcolor photographs 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

Jerry’s books will be available for sale at the event.

The event will take place at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, from 9:30am to 11:30am. Open to the public, this free presentation is appropriate for adults and students ten and older. No reservations are needed.


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