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Silos & Smokestacks Honors Those Telling America’s Agricultural Story

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 13th Annual Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party, Friday, Nov. 10, at The Winneshiek Hotel & Opera House, Decorah.

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, Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

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 , Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa

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, Carnegie Cultural Center, New Hampton, 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 Agricultural, Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm, Hampton, 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, Audrey Savage, Monticello, Iowa

The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Volunteer recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, UNI Rod Library and UNI Museums for support of this year’s awards event.

Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness—past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture at a variety of museums, historic sites, and farms. One of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. To plan your visit, go to www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

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Photo: Golden Silo Award winners. From left to right, Will Fett, Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation; Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Jim Hoyt, Silos & Smokestacks Board of Trustees Chair; Audrey Savage, President, Citizens State Bank; Dr. James Iversen, representing Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm; Juanita Andersen; Carnegie Cultural Center; Jill Eike, Carnegie Cultural Center; and Cara Miller, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area President.

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