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November 22, 2016
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Jori Wade-Booth, Marketing & Communications Manager
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
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Silos & Smokestacks Honors Those Telling America’s Agricultural Story
Waterloo, IOWA – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area’s finest during its 12th Annual Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party, Thursday, Nov. 3, at Beck Orchard and Historic Barn in Buckingham, Iowa.
Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story, both past and present. The following individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions:
- Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary
Tom Gallaher, Asheville, N.C.
The Golden Silo Award for The Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary honors an individual, organization, business, agency, or local government who has shown sustained support for the 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. This is the eighth year for this award, named for Alan Hutchings of the National Park Service whose vision was so critical to our very creation as National Heritage Area.
- Outstanding Friend
Land O’ Lakes Foundation, St. Paul, Minnesota
The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Friend to Silos & Smokestacks honors an organization, institution, or individual who has shown support and partnered with SSNHA on numerous occasions to support the mission of the Heritage Area.
- Outstanding Partner Site
Dysart Historical Society, Dysart, Iowa
The Golden Silo Award Partner Site honors a Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture.
- Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
Norman Borlaug Boyhood & Birthplace Farms, Cresco, Iowa
The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture.
- Outstanding Volunteer
Dave Allbaugh, Waterloo, Iowa
The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Volunteer recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
“As a consultant, in 1991, Golden Silo Award-winner Tom Gallaher helped the Waterloo community discover their agricultural heritage as an asset in their economic revitalization program for downtown Waterloo,” said Cara Miller, Silos & Smokestacks President. “His assistance helped the group discover that there was a rich variety of resources beyond the city limits of Waterloo that encompassed a broad vision of the significance of agricultural heritage.”
Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Beck Family for their support of this year’s awards event.
SSNHA 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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Photo: Golden Silo Award winners. Front Row, from the left, Joanne Lane of Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm; Debbie Miller of Dysart Historical Society; Catherine Wieck of Dysart Historical Society; Helen Wieben of Dysart Historical Society, and Vickie Grube of Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm. Back Row, Ron Birkenholz, Silos & Smokestacks Board of Trustees Vice Chair; Dave Allbaugh: Doug Reimer of Land o’ Lakes, Megan Wolle of Land o’ Lakes; Cara Miller Silos & Smokestacks President, Barb Schwamman of Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm; Mark Johnson of Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm; and Dan Schurr, Silos & Smokestacks Board of Trustees Chair.
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