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Inaugural Sourcebook Takes a Look at Barns

Architectural aficionados will get a chance to explore the various incarnations of the great American barn as part of the launch of the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design and Engineering series from 6 to 8 p.m., April 10, in the James Madison Building’s Madison Hall.

The inaugural program will feature author John Michael Vlach discussing his book, “Barns,” the first in the Library’s series.

Vlach, a professor of American studies at George Washington University, culled his research from the Library’s resources. The book’s more than 800 illustrations take the reader on a survey of key barns across the United States, with an emphasis on barn type, design and construction, as well as on the various European influences reflected in the much-loved American structure.

Images from the book are included on a CD-ROM with a link to the Library’s files.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Library’s newly established Center for American Architecture, Design and Engineering, the Center for the Book, the Publishing Office, the American Folklife Center, and the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

— Bree Hocking

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