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Silos & Smokestacks Awards Grants to Ag-related Projects

Northeastern Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has
awarded $50,795 in grants to help sites, communities and organizations tell the story of
American agriculture in northeastern Iowa. With $113,856 in requests, SSNHA will
make grants to the following recipients for the 2007 SSNHA Grant Program:

Ackley Heritage Center, Prairie Farm Exhibit, Ackley, $8,900
To create exhibits to interpret and preserve the pictures, records and equipment for several early Ackley agribusiness enterprises.

Buchanan County Conservation Board, Richardson-Jakway Pioneer Farmstead Signage Project, Aurora, $4,490
To develop six all-weather signs that interprets important aspects of an Iowa pioneer farmstead and its relationship to pioneer life.

Buchanan County Historical Society, Marketing Brochure, Independence, $2,450
To create an interpretive marketing brochure that will emphasize the agricultural significance of the Wapsipinicon Mill Museum.

City of Dewitt, Hausbarn, Dewitt, $2,000
To create interpretive storyboards, brochures and digital recordings to enhance the visitor experience at the relocated German Hausbarn.

Clinton County Historical Society, History of Clinton Processing Company/ADM, Clinton, $1,200
To write and publish a 100 year history of the ADM Corn Processing Plant.

Dubuque County Historical Society, Founding & Farming, Dubuque, $4,000
To develop a series of educational demonstrations that interpret the transformation of the area from a lead mining economy to an agricultural-based economy.

Floyd County Historical Society, Your Dinner Table, Floyd County and the Agricultural Revolution, Charles City, $3,862
To create a slide show presentation on a touch screen computer that interprets how the development of agriculture has affected the food chain in Floyd County.

Friends of the Mines of Spain, Mines of Spain Recreation Area, Dubuque, $2,141.25
To plant 40 grape vine plants at the historic Otto Junkermann Farmstead, in addition to upgrading an interactive map exhibit of the park.

New Melleray Abbey, New Melleray Abbey Archival Exhibit, Peosta, $10,000
To create an exhibit that interprets and narrates the history of the Trappist Monks living in rural Iowa.

Seed Savers Exchange, Multimedia Learning Center for Lillian Goldman Visitor Center, Decorah, $9,152.09
To construct a multimedia learning center, where visitors can learn about the daily activities on the 890-acre farm site.

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Fourth Grade Pioneer Immersion Program, Decorah, $2,600
To expand the Fourth Grade Pioneer Immersion Program to new schools within the Heritage Area.

“It’s great to see almost half of these awards going to first time recipients. We’re
spreading the dollars out further and to new projects,” commented Don Short, SSNHA
Executive Director.

Projects funded through the SSNHA Grant Program must provide a 1-1 nonfederal
match to the grant award. Since the program began in 2001, Silos &
Smokestacks has funded over $1.3 million to non-profit organizations, local
governments and communities in Northeast Iowa to preserve America’s agricultural
heritage.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 37 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. To learn more about Silos & Smokestacks National
Heritage Area, please visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

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