Giving Shelter is a DVD that runs 52 minutes and features numerous Townshippers and Townships locations. Various styles of historic barns are shown in the documentary, including a Dutch barn in St. Armand, seen in the photo above. The DVD also includes a short film that showcases a modern timber-framed barn being raised in Hatley in the fall of 2008.
In a review of Giving Shelter in the June 2009 issue of the Townships Sun, Brenda Hartwell writes: “Giving Shelter breathes life into the interconnectedness of people and animals and shelter. It contains fascinating footage of people working with hand tools in the traditional manner of bygone days. It deftly preserves a way of life that is nearly extinct and offers a historical record of buildings, tools, and agricultural methods. It is also replete with individual stories and personal accounts….
“It will please anyone who has ever spent time on a family farm, anyone interested in rural history, anyone with romantic notions of homesteading. And it will certainly mesmerize all hand tool aficionados.”