Barns of Minnesota

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Minnesota's barns are remarkable testaments to a midwestern way of life, one centered on the land, work, family, ingenuity, and perseverance. Many think of barns as breathtaking landmarks along the byways. Others have their favorite barns--the well-kept, red dairy barn near St. Cloud, the faded horse barn on the way to Faribault. Still others know these structures more intimately: barns are as integral to their lives as family and home. In Barns of Minnesota, photographer Doug Ohman showcases the vast array of ...

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Overview

Minnesota's barns are remarkable testaments to a midwestern way of life, one centered on the land, work, family, ingenuity, and perseverance. Many think of barns as breathtaking landmarks along the byways. Others have their favorite barns--the well-kept, red dairy barn near St. Cloud, the faded horse barn on the way to Faribault. Still others know these structures more intimately: barns are as integral to their lives as family and home. In Barns of Minnesota, photographer Doug Ohman showcases the vast array of these exceptional landmarks, built by hand in wood, stone, brick, or metal and dating back as far as 1880. Where Ohman's photographs capture the beauty of the barn from the outside in, Will Weaver's evocative story illuminates the life of the barn from the inside out. Readers witness the making and breaking of one barn as it plays into the life and sustenance of several generations of one family who settled the land in 1922 and who farmed into the age of agribusiness. Seventy-five stunning color photographs accompanied by Weaver's moving story uplift these beautiful buildings and a way of life on the land that is as strong and proud, as fragile and humble, as the barns among us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873515276
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Minnesota Byways Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 940,476
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Ohman is a photographer who specializes in historic structures and community landmarks. His photographs have been featured in the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon. He lives in New Hope, Minnesota. Will Weaver is an award-winning author whose works include A Gravestone Made of Wheat, which won the Minnesota Book Award for fiction, and a forthcoming novel, Full Service. He is a professor of English at Bemidji State University.

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction 000 1999: The Fallen Barn 0001924: Barn Dreams 0001926: Building the Barn 0001927: The Barn Raising 0001928: The Hired Man 0001929: Barn Life 0001944: War 0001944: Life and Death 0001955: Golden Years1980?1999: Full Circle 000 Afterword 000 Photographer?s Note 000

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