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Help Us Choose the 2012 People’s Choice “Site of the Year”

Northeast Iowa – Each year, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA)
celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals
and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and
telling America’s agricultural story. The People’s Choice “Site of the Year” is a special award
presented to one deserving SSNHA Partner Site where the public decides the winner.

From March 19-April 3, voting will be open at www.silosandsmokestacks.org. The three
SSNHA Partner Sites with the most votes by the end of the day on March 25 will move on as
finalists for the second round of voting, concluding on April 3. This year’s People’s Choice
“Site of the Year” nominees include:

Amana Heritage Society Museums, Amana

Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch, Fredericksburg

Jenison Meacham Memorial Art Museum & Farm, Belmond

Riegel Blacksmith Shop, Clermont

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa City

Want to know if your favorite site won? Join us for the Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon
on April 4 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, IA.
Registration for the awards ceremony is due by March 28, with registration information
available at www.silosandsmokestacks.org. If you can’t attend, please follow us on Facebook
at www.facebook.com/ssnha to be the first to know who wins the 2012 People’s Choice “Site
of the Year.”

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 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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