Praise for "Barns of Wisconsin"
"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." —Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio
"More than a book about barns, Apps offers us a unique lens through which to view the rich textures and constant changes in Wisconsin rural life. 'Barns of Wisconsin' is as lovingly crafted as the iconic structures that are its subject. This new edition helped me discover more about my own barns and more fully imagine the lives of those who built them." —Dena Wortzel, Executive Director, Wisconsin Humanities Council
"Jerry Apps' new edition of 'Barns of Wisconsin' is outstanding! In this new book Jerry systematically examines many aspects of barns—from their origins to their adaptations for continuing use. His approach will be interesting and informative to the barn owner, the history buff and the preservationist. The inclusion of abundant color photographs to back up the text makes the book doubly interesting. 'Barns of Wisconsin' will also be a useful reference for preservation groups all over North America and a model for future publications. I’m glad I have a copy." —Bill Kimball, professor emeritus, Michigan State University, and active member of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the National Barn Alliance
"In Apps's 'Barns of Wisconsin' each barn is a book with its own stories to tell, every drive in the country is a trip to the library." —Doug Miller, Executive Director, Folklore Village
"Jerry Apps brings these old barns back to life and keeps them breathing by telling their stories. They are all unique representations of the many different heritages that were brought to Wisconsin, such as the German designed stone barn in the Town of Chase. Jerry gives these old barns a voice and takes you back in time to experience the hardships and joys of life on the farm as if you were there." —Christopher Jaworski and Kristin Kolkowski, Chase Stone Barn Committee
"Barns are the 'heartbeat' of a farm family's heritage, values, and dreams. Jerry Apps has captured their stories and the need for preservation." —Dr. Clarence C. Olson, Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin Dairy Science
"The 'Places along the Way' book series, of which this book is a part, represents a renaissance in writing about Wisconsin; written to encourage tourism, these books celebrate Wisconsin's history and culture. In addition to the plethora (140) of vivid color photos, Apps has provided a map of Wisconsin barns for readers making the scenic driving tour." —"ForeWord Reviews"