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Nebraska Amish barn-raising photo:  Randall Persing

These don’t happen too often, but when they do, Amish photographers (erm, that is, photographers of the Amish) come out in droves.

The Amish barn-raising.  It’s one of the most-publicized images of the Plain People.  Has anyone ever witnessed one?  The frolic I attended in Ohio in September was more of a ‘shed-raising’, and in fact, most of it had been raised by the time we showed up to help.

It really does take a day, or less.  At least the bulk of what you end up seeing.  Apparently the foundation-type stuff often gets put in beforehand.

I always wondered about dropped hammers, though.  Hard-hats are a no-no in Amish society.

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