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Silos & Smokestacks Announces Golden Silo Awards

Waterloo, Iowa— Over 100 regional partners attended the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Annual Conference, Living Landscape—Iowa’s Hidden Treasure, March 21-22, 2006. The conference was held at the Hotel Winneshiek, Decorah, Iowa.

During the Golden Silo Awards Luncheon at the conference, SSNHA celebrated the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and telling the stories of American agriculture. The following individuals and organizations were recognized:

Geof Grimes, Waterloo
Outstanding Volunteer
This award is given to an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

National 19th Amendment Society/Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home, Charles City
Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
Honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency or local government who has made an extraordinary effort in preserving the icons to the story of American agriculture.

Ross Christensen, Waterloo
The Alan Hutching’s Outstanding Visionary
Honors an individual, organization, business, agency or local government who has shown sustained support for Heritage Area for more than five years, created a legacy in heritage development that has made all the difference, and provided leadership in the heritage development movement.

Also recognized during the luncheon, the following SSNHA Partnership Panel members completing five years of service:

Geof Grimes, Waterloo
Rod Marlatt, Fayette
Mary Ellen Warren, Waterloo
Bob Cole, Mason City

The Partnership Panel is a 15-member advisory group, whose key objective is to provide a regional perspective in building Iowa’s National Heritage Area. The Panel’s accomplishments are many, including creating and administering the SSNHA Partnership Designation and Grants Programs.

Additionally, SSNHA awarded two scholarships to Heritage Area residents and partners to attend our annual conference, Living Landscape—Iowa’s Hidden Treasure. The scholarship is to cover conference registration. This year’s scholarship recipients represent a designated partner site and an emerging site with the heritage area.

The 2006 scholarship winners are:

Jeanette Muller, Clayton County Conservation, Motor Mill Historic Site.
 Karlyn Armstrong, Bremer County Historic Preservation Commission.

During the two-day event, participants were involved in numerous educational seminars about visitor data collection, motorcoach travels and customized volunteer programs. Local, regional and national speakers also attended the conference and discussed the state of the Heritage Area and where the national heritage area movement is heading. Conference goers also had the opportunity to participate in two off-site events allowing them a chance to experience fellow partner sites.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 27 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities – past and present.

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