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Hand-Raised: The Historic Barns of Montana


with Chere Jiusto

executive director of Montana Preservation Alliance

The historic barns of Montana are a threatened part of our heritage. To capture their history and encourage their preservation, Chere Jiusto, Christine Brown and photographer Tom Ferris collaborated on the award-winning book Hand Raised: Historic Barns of Montana, released by Montana Historical Society Press in 2011. Chere Jiusto and Christine Brown have dedicated their careers to preserving Montana’s historic places, as director and education director with the Montana Preservation Alliance. MPA championed this decade-long project, which traces the agricultural history of Big Sky Country and celebrates the craftsmanship that went into building these icons of rural life. This conversation includes an overview of Montana’s barn-building history, stunning photographs of barns from across the state, and the stories attached to some of Montana’s most memorable, photogenic, and historic barns.