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Barn in Temperance, Monroe County, Michigan
Barn, Temperance, Monroe County, Michigan. Photo courtesy Prospectors 4-H Club

Michigan Barn & Farmstead Survey: 4-H Youth Project

This survey is a study of vernacular farm architecture undertaken by 4-H youth and their leaders. Using a guidebook developed at Michigan State University Museum under its Folkpatterns program, 4-H clubs photographed and cataloged the barns and silos of their respective counties. The club members not only preserved an aspect of their agricultural heritage that is now disappearing, they also gained a greater awareness and appreciation of their past. Some clubs had opportunities to display their projects at county fairs and other events, thus enhancing awareness in their communities. Copies of the photographs and accompanying text for four counties are included in the project submitted to Local Legacies.

Originally submitted by: Debbie Stabenow, Representative (8th District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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