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Barns of Wisconsin, by award-winning author Jerry Apps, shares a unique perspective on the great barns of rural Wisconsin. The story of barns adapting over time to meet the needs of each generation is told by Apps, as both an enthusiast and a farmer. The history of barns displays the optimism, ingenuity, hard work, and practicality of the people who tend land and livestock. More than 100 stunning full-color photographs by Steve Apps, plus dozens of historic images are featured. Wisconsinmade.com
“Amid wonderful illustrations and photographs, Jerry Apps has added beautiful prose about barns and the people who built and used them. This updated Barns of Wisconsin is a real treasure and presents a wonderful historical perspective on a state icon.”
Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of many books on rural history and country life, including "Old Farm: A History" and "Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses." Jerry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, where he spent countless hours working in the barn, milking and feeding cows, helping to store hay in the haymow, and appreciating the barn’s importance to the life of a farm.
Steve Apps is an award-winning photojournalist with twenty-five years in the newspaper industry. As a "Wisconsin State Journal" staff photographer he has covered a wide range of assignments including the Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin–Madison sports. In 2008 he received the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s prestigious Dave Boss Award of Excellence; his photo “First Down” was selected as Photograph of the Year for the 2007 season. In his off-time Steve loves to travel the state documenting Wisconsin and all its beauty, including farmsteads and barns.