Wisconsin Barns - Book

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The Wisconsin Barns book is a fascinating and pictorial journey into rural Wisconsin. On a two-year quest to document Wisconsin's iconic barns, writer and historian Nancy Schumm-Burgess and photographer and journalist Ernest J. Schweit set out to explore a way of life defined by family, a connection to the land, ingenuity, and hard work.

In the process, Schumm-Burgess digs up fascinating details on the backgrounds of the structures, including a rare log barn dating to the 1840s, a barn that once served as a stagecoach stop and another designed by African American architect Algie Shivers. Schweit's photographs capture the storied structures in all seasons from modest mid-1800s barns to round and octagonal structures to grand, arch-roofed edifices.

Organized by region, the Wisconsin Barns book discusses Wisconsin's unique barn styles and details the backgrounds of many of the structures. Makes a perfect gift or memento.

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Author: Nancy Schumm-Burgess
Photography by: Ernest J. Schweit
80 pages
9 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.
107 color photos
ISBN 1560374837

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An avid history writer, Nancy Schumm-Burgess has been documenting and preserving barns since 1997. She works with local and national barn preservation organizations to protect this integral part of our agrarian heritage.

Journalist and photographer Ernest J. Schweit fell in love with rural America from the window of a train he rode to college in downstate Illinois. He saw a lonely beauty in the barns and farmhouses that would become his passion and favorite photographic subject. Schweit lives outside Chicago with his wife, three children, dog and cat.