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    Silos & Smokestacks Awards Grants to Ag-related Projects

    Northeastern Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) awards $45,000 in grants to help sites, communities and organizations tell the story of American agriculture in northeastern Iowa. With $89,760 in requests, SSNHA will make grants to the following recipients for the 2006 SSNHA Grant Program:

    African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, $6,200 To create a traveling exhibit highlighting George Washington Carver’s accomplishments and his impact on African Americans in the agricultural, scientific and educational fields.

    Four Mounds Foundation, Dubuque, $5,000

    Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, West Branch, $2,500
    To develop scripted interpretive scenarios which will enhance the interpretive program, “Interpreting West Branch in the 1870’s: A Sense of Place,” at the Herbert Hoover National Site.

    Limestone Bluffs RC&D, Inc. d.b.a. The Iowa Wine Trail, Maquoketa, $5,700
    To create a marketing and information DVD/video telling the story of the Iowa Wine Trail wineries.

    Living History Farms, Urbandale, $8,000
    To create television commercials promoting Living History Farms as a gateway attraction and prime resource for SSNHA visitors. The commercials will be produced and broadcasted to reach new audiences in the 37-county area.

    Native Languages of the Americans, Iowa, $5,000
    To help produce, “Lost Nation: The Ioway Historical Documentary,” about Iowa’s first farmers, the Ioway Tribe. The program will air on Iowa Public Television.

    St. Lucas Historical Society, St. Lucas, $3,000
    To hire a consultant to create an interpretive exhibit plan, that will tell the story of the evolution of German-American farm communities.

    State Historical Society of Iowa, Clermont, $6,600
    To develop two interpretive signs to interpret the outbuildings at the Montauk Historic Site, and to tell the story of Montauk as a farm.

    The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, $3,000
    To help install five galleries dedicated to investigating the overarching themes which artists returned to frequently throughout the twentieth century: landscape, portraits, still lifes, the farm and the city.

    Silos & Smokestacks is now accepting applications for a newly created fund designed to help organizations better tell their story. The remaining $5,000 will be used to hire a professional interpretive consultant to create an interpretive exhibit plan for one organization.

    Applications, found at, are due in the Silos & Smokestacks office, P.O. Box 2845, 209 W. 5th Street Suite E, Waterloo, IA 50704-2845 by Monday, November 28 at 4:30 p.m.

    Projects funded through the SSNHA grant program must provide a 1-1 non-federal match to the grant award. Since the program began in 2001, Silos & Smokestacks has funded over $1 million to non-profit organizations, local governments and communities in northeast Iowa to preserve America’s agricultural heritage.

    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. Through the development of a network of sites, programs, and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s mission is to interpret farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities – past and present.

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