Homes in the Heartland: Balloon Frame Farmhouses of the Upper Midwest, 1850-1920
"Captured in these houses is a wealth of information on life in the farmlands and rural communities of the Upper Midwest. Beautifully written". -- Wisconsin Magazine of History. "An engrossing account of a fundamental episode in American history, the early settlement of the prairie. In many ways the balloon frame stands as a metaphor for that episode". -- New York Times Book Review.
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