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Silos & Smokestacks to Help Fund Six Summer Interns

Northeast Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) awards $7,710 in grants for the 2008 SSNHA Grant Program. The program will help fund six summer internships at Heritage Area partner sites. Intern projects will focus on telling the story of American agriculture in northeastern Iowa and include:

Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home, Charles City, $1,020
Create a working program to connect area schools with Carrie Lane Chapman Catt’s message, both in the classroom and at the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home.

Living History Farms, Urbandale, $1,125
Provide a student intern the opportunity to gain work experience in historical interpretation, museum site management, education and preservation.

UNI Museums/Marshall Center School, Cedar Falls, $2,040
Create interpretive programs for the public about childhood on Iowa farms from 1890 to 1945.

Heartland Museum, Inc., Clarion, $720
Design signage for an outdoor display along Highway 3 that will highlight the transition from prairie to power in agriculture, as well as catalog old records.

Farm House Bed & Breakfast, Fredericksburg, $1,500
Reorganize and recreate activities on a working farm into a consistent and quality visitor experience.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque, $1,305
Develop and deliver educational programming, tools and curriculum.

The Internship Grant Program is part of the SSNHA Education Scholarship Fund, which is used to support education programs for students of all ages. The 2008 SSNHA Internship Grant Program was made possible in part by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa: The Leighty Fund and others who contributed to the Education Scholarship Fund.

“We would like to thank the many partners who have contributed to this program. Their financial commitment is a testimony of the success of the Silos Intern Grant Program. A special thanks to Pioneer Hi-Bred and the Leighty Foundation for recognizing the need to connect our youth to agricultural related career options in the region,” said Don Short, SSNHA President.

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. Through the development of a network of sites, programs and events, the Heritage Area’s mission is to interpret 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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