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Barn inventory kicks off Saturday
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MONROE - Volunteers are being sought for the Green County Barn Inventory Project, which will begin in early March. Those interested in volunteering for the inventory should attend the kick-off meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the community room at the Monroe Public Library.

The purpose of the project is to make a historical record - with both photographs and written documentation - of the barns that still exist in Green County in early 2016. Numerous barns are lost each year to fire, severe weather, real estate development or deterioration. Barns can be expensive to maintain once they cease to produce income. A new roof alone can cost up to $20,000.

The last time any documentation of barns in the county was done was through aerial photographs in the 1940's.

Volunteers in each of the 16 Green County townships will be doing "windshield" inventories to document the agricultural icons. Green County in the early 1900s boasted a per-farm income of $1,000 more than any of Wisconsin's other 71 counties.

Volunteers of all types are needed to complete the project: Photographers, artists, drivers and people with computer and management skills to help compile the many pages of documentation and put it into usable, publicly accessible form.

For more information, visit the website, or find Green County Wisconsin Historical Society on Facebook, where contact information is posted.