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Silos & Smokestacks to Help Fund Four Summer Interns

Northeast Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) awards $5,740 in
grants to help fund four summer internships at Heritage Area Partner Sites. Intern projects
will focus on telling the story of American agriculture in northeastern Iowa. SSNHA has
funded the following recipients through the 2009 SSNHA Internship Grant Program:

Floyd County Historical Society Museum, Charles City, $952
Intern will catalog, clean and properly store vintage clothing in order to preserve the
collection for future use at the museum.

University of Northern Iowa Museums, Cedar Falls, $2,688
Two part-time interns will focus on program development and promotion for the “Slow
Food to Fast Food” exhibit at the museum, as well as production of educational
programs at the Marshall School.

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, $2,100
Focusing on the Jacobson Farmstead, intern will update an interpretive plan for the
farm and develop educational materials; including a DVD to be used in future
presentations.

“Many thanks to the individuals and organizations who have donated to the Education
Scholarship Fund. Through their support, four Iowa college students will now have the
opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experiences while learning about Iowa’s pioneer and
agricultural heritage,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

The Internship Grant Program is part of the SSNHA Education Scholarship Fund, which
supports education programs for students of all ages. To learn more about the program,
contact 319-234-4567. Donations may be made at www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

SSNHA is one of 40 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is 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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