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    15 Silos & Smokestacks Sites Join National Park Service Visitor Program

    Northeast Iowa— Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is proud to announce fifteen partner sites have joined the National Park Service’s (NPS) Passport To Your National Parks Cancellation Stamp Program.

    Beginning March 23, 2006, the following SSNHA Strategic Investment Partners (SIP) will be placing a NPS Passport Cancellation Stamp at their location:

    Amana Heritage Society Museum, Amana The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center, Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids The Dairy Center, Calmar Fossil & Prairie Park and Center, Rockford Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, Elgin Grout Museum District, Waterloo Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids Living History Farms, Urbandale National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque Putnam Museum, Davenport State Historical Building, Des Moines Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah.

    The NPS Passport Cancellation Stamp is a voluntary program that nearly all parks within the NPS participate. Visitors can purchase their official NPS Passport and start recording their visit to a NPS site by stamping their passport with a rubber cancellation stamp. The cancellations, similar to those received in an international passport, record the name of the park and the date it was visited. There are currently 507 sites within the NPS that participate in the NPS Passport Program.

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 27 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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