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    Silos & Smokestacks to Hold Annual Conference

    Waterloo, IA— Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is holding their annual conference, Living Landscape—Cultivating Our Heritage, on April 10-11, 2007, in Waterloo, Iowa, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

    During the two-day conference, participants will have the opportunity to acquire skills for heritage development by attending various educational sessions. Topics covered will include: accessibility, interpretation, marketing research, resource development and community development. On day two, attendants will get a chance to stretch their legs while they learn about site expansion during walking tours of the Waterloo Center for the Arts and Grout Museum District. Techniques to expand and create exhibits on a budget will also be discovered during a field session at the Cedar Falls Historical Society and UNI Museums.

    In addition, two keynote speakers will be featured throughout the conference. The first day will begin with Tom Morain, an Iowa author, historian and teacher with his key note address, “Which Visitor? Who Knows?” The following day will spotlight National Park Service (NPS) historian, Beth Boland. She will share her expertise on managing the Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) program, which promotes the use of place as both an effective teaching tool and as source of historical evidence.

    “We are pleased to offer this opportunity for capacity building,” said Don Short, SSNHA Executive Director. “This is a great occasion for sites to learn more about regional and national best practices.”

    Registration for the two-day event is $100, postmarked on or before March 9 and $125, until final registration deadline, April 2. Additional organization members or spouses will be charged $100. For those who are not attending the conference, but still wish to attend the Living Landscapes Partner Dinner Tuesday evening, the cost is $40.

    For more information about this conference and how to register, visit

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 37 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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