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Michigan Family Farms and Farm Buildings
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Thoughtfully documenting the voice and emotions of many who might otherwise remain unheard, Hemalata Dandekar provides in-depth accounts and insights, underpinned by quietly rigorous analysis, about family interactions and the perceptions, understandings, and memories of family members . . . a tribute to the indomitability of the human spirit as an enduring force in sustaining farm life on the Michigan farms. ---Anatole Senkevitch, Jr., Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan Michigan's family farms form the backbone of the state. One need only see the Centennial Farm signs that dot the sides of the state's country roads to understand that. Hemalata Dandekar shows in her new book just how connected those family farm buildings are to the families that inhabit them. Eight family-farm case studies display farm buildings' relationship to the land they sit on, their function on the farm, the materials they're made with, the farm enterprises themselves, and the families who own them. Photographs, plans, elevations, and sections of typical, exemplary traditional farm buildings show the aesthetic and architectural qualities of those types of buildings across the state. The ways in which the buildings serve the productive activities of the farm, shelter and nourish the people and livestock, yield a living, and enable the aspirations of farm people are shown in the words and photographs of the farmers themselves. The buildings form a window into the lives of Michigan's family farms and into the hearts and minds of the people who have lived and worked in them their entire lives. Hemalata C. Dandekar is head of City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University. She specializes in urbanization, urban-rural linkages, rural development, and gender and housing. She developed her love of Michigan farmers and farm architecture during her years as a student, professor, and then director at the Urban Planning program of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-13
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. The Lower Peninsula
  2. pp. 7-21
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  1. Part 1. Around Ann Arbor
  2. pp. 9-23
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  1. Chapter 1. The Raab Farm
  2. pp. 11-36
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  1. Chapter 2. The Lutz Farm
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. Chapter 3. The Wing Farm
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. Part 2. South Central Michigan
  2. pp. 79-93
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  1. Chapter 4. The Honeywell Farm
  2. pp. 81-97
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  1. Chapter 5. The Crawford Farm
  2. pp. 98-108
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  1. Part 3. Elsie, the Dairy Capital
  2. pp. 109-123
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  1. Chapter 6. The Young Farm
  2. pp. 111-125
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  1. Chapter 7. The Cobb Farm
  2. pp. 126-140
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  1. The Upper Peninsula
  2. pp. 141-155
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  1. Part 4. Crossing the Bridge
  2. pp. 143-157
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  1. Chapter 8. The Klaus Farm
  2. pp. 145-153
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  1. Chapter 9. The Barn on Dafter Road
  2. pp. 154-162
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  1. Part 5. Mines and Farms
  2. pp. 163-177
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  1. Chapter 10. The Rheault Farm
  2. pp. 165-181
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  1. Chapter 11. The Hanka Farm Museum
  2. pp. 182-189
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  1. Chapter 12. The Johnson Farm
  2. pp. 190-209
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  1. Chapter 13. Irene and Harold Vuorenmaa
  2. pp. 210-226
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  1. Chapter 14. Marcia and Harold Bernhardt
  2. pp. 227-233
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  1. Chapter 15. The Wilburn Olsen Barn
  2. pp. 234-244
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  1. Chapter 16. The Paramski Farm
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. Reflections and Conclusions
  2. pp. 249-257
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-271
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