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History Day Participants Receive CampSilos Award

Waterloo, Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA)
presented two CampSilos Awards for Excellence in Agricultural History at the Junior
and Senior National History Day in Iowa event on April 30 and May 7. The annual
statewide event is organized by the State Historical Society staff and held at the State
Historical Building in Des Moines.

The winners of the 2007 CampSilos Award and the $50 prize were:

Aubrey Kohl of Davenport with her performance, The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933.

Patrick Fink of Marshalltown with his exhibit, George Washington Carver: Overcoming Discrimination to Enhance Agriculture.

“It is exciting to see the variety of ways these students assist in telling the story of
American agriculture. Aubrey and Patrick prepared high quality projects and we are
proud to honor them with the CampSilos Award,” commented Don Short, Executive
Director of SSNHA.

National History Day is a yearlong program in which students are invited to research
topics related to a designated theme. The theme for 2007 was Triumph & Tragedy in
History. Students were encouraged to select an individual, idea or event and
demonstrate how and why their topic was a triumph and/or tragedy in history through a
historical paper, performance, documentary or exhibit. Projects are first judged at the
local level, with some advancing to the state and national levels thereafter.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 37 federally designated
heritage areas in the nation and is an affiliate 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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