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March 18, 2019 : “Barns of the Midwest” presentation March 28 at Ohio University Lancaster

by Sarah Shy

 

barnsbookPeople of the Midwest are very familiar with barns, they’re everywhere. However, how much is really known about the rich history of barns? On March 28th, attendants will learn what all the excitement is about when Dr. Timothy G. Anderson will discuss his work with the second edition of Barns of the Midwest, published by the Ohio University Press. The spring Friends of the Library event will be held in room 211, Brasee Hall. Doors open at 6:00PM, presentation will start at 6:30PM.

 

Dr. Timothy G. Anderson is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Geography at Ohio University where he has taught courses in cultural and historical geography since 1996. His research interests focus on the historical settlement geography of the United States, especially the production of regional and ethnic cultural landscapes, and the production of cultural landscapes associated with Germanic diasporic movements and communities. His most recent research involves a book project with Notre Dame University Press on the historical settlement geography of Ohio in the first half of the nineteenth century, which focuses on the production of the state’s regional cultural landscapes resulting from the migration of five different population groups during the Early National period.

 

“Originally published in 1995, Barns of the Midwest is a masterful example of material cultural history. It arrived at a critical moment for the agricultural landscape. The 1980s were marked by farm foreclosures, rural bank failures, the continued rise of industrialized agriculture, and severe floods and droughts. These waves of disaster hastened the erosion of the idea of a pastoral Heartland knit together with small farms and rural values. And it wasn’t just an idea that was eroded; material artifacts such as the iconic Midwestern barn were also rapidly wearing away.” –publisher description

 

This event will double as the Friends of the Library membership meeting. Members will vote to approve faculty requests for purchases for the library collection. The Friends consider all requests, with priority going to items with a price tag of over $100.

 

Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and is open to the public.

 

The Friends of the Library organization was created in 1985 by Library Director Hannah V. McCauley. The mission of the Friends of the Library is to extend quality library and information services, generate funding for special materials and programs, and increase community awareness.

 

Speaker presentations like the ones sponsored by the Friends of the Library are part of an initiative to increase opportunities for cultural enrichment on campus through speakers, arts and music. The Ohio University Lancaster Campus is working to transform the lives of its students and those in the community by becoming the cultural and intellectual hub of Fairfield County and the surrounding area.