Come See Jan on July 20, 2015

For barn lovers who will be in the greater Curtis area, July 20, I will be presenting a program at 7 p.m. that evening at the gorgeous Erickson Center for the Arts, beautifully situated on the hill between Big and Little Manistique lakes. Barns: A Love Story” will feature a three-part presentation to include images of some fascinating barns across the country, barns and surprising quotations about them; and images of and tales about some of Michigan’s own barns. More...

American Barns is currently one of Shire Publications' BESTSELLERS

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I created this, and my other website,, because, as a writer passionate about our nation’s heritage barns and as a columnist committed to stirring thought and action on themes that matter, I wanted to create an avenue to connect with kindred spirits.

Images from American Barns

Swedish Barns
Swedish Barn
Menominee Co.
Abandoned Treasure
Beautiful New Use!
Green Acres
Schussler Creative

Barns are clearly a symbol of the American dream.... a critical reminder of the importance of our agricultural heritage….. American Barns provides an excellent snapshot of the history of the barn throughout the United States. The photos are outstanding…. a must read.

Nancy Finegood
Executive Director
Michigan Historic Preservation Network

…beautifully written… jam-packed with color photographs…. The author succinctly summarizes the various kinds, styles and uses of the barn, providing the best overall introduction to the subject I've seen. For those wanting to dig deeper, she provides a state-by-state list of “Places to Visit”, a glossary, and a bibliography. This is an exquisite book to savor and enjoy, time and time again.

Jon Shafer
American Studies Scholar & Barn Activist

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book and it made me even more aware of the barns I was passing on my trip to the States.

Roger Hunt
Award-winning British author

"An enchanting overview...that will grab any reader’s heart with its mixture of history, farming traditions, and frank discussions of preservation issues.... perfect gift...full of heart...."

Danae Peckler,
President, National Barn Alliance

American Barns

Written on contract for Shire Publications (in partnership with Random House and Osprey Publishing) this 72-page book features some 70 photographs and illustrations celebrating America's diverse barns. The book's five chapters neatly highlight the history, designs, purposes, rise and fall, and new lives of the nation's most important structure. It includes an extensive list of barn-related sites to visit across the country and offers suggestions for further reading.

One book $13.75
Two $24.00
Three $34.25
Four $45.00
Five $56.25

Prices include shipping.
(For larger quantities or partnerships with nonprofits, please email Jan for details.)

If you would like books signed to individuals, please provide name(s) when you place an order. Make checks payable to
Jan Corey Arnett
2444 Halbert Rd.
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017.

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