American Barn Stories to air Feb. 6

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Old barn aficionados will have the chance to view the latest installment of the popular "American Barn Stories" TV series this weekend.

With the help of Wisconsin Public Television, the educational series began appearing on PBS stations across the country in 2006-07. Although the era of old wooden barns passes from them being part of an active farming scene to becoming historical relics, producer Tom Laughlin is able to explore those still standing.

"As long as they are here we have the chance, and I believe the duty, to capture and portray their stories now, while we still can, because it won't be long before they are all gone, except for those tokens preserved as examples of how things used to be," Laughlin said.

The next episode in the, "American Barn Stories" will air at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Check local listings for the right channel in your area.

Laughlin says he's happy to get this latest show out there.

"I've shown this latest episode to hundreds of people in the past year while doing personal presentations with it and people really enjoy the program. It feels really good for it to be getting out there now and to be gaining some traction with PBS air," he said.. "The latest show will now appear sporadically on PBS stations across the country for the next few years."

Laughlin has managed to produce four shows on the subject with the first one being, "Wisconsin Barns — Touchstones to the Past" back in 2005. Since then he has produced three more programs under the new series title, "American Barn Stories and Other Tales from the Heartlands".

He plans to continue the effort and says he's happy to see the overall awareness on the subject of saving our old barns being raised across the country.

"Having some of our old barns still around, we have the chance to save and preserve at least some of them for future generations, because that's really what it's all about," Laughlin said.

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