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Silos & Smokestacks Announces 2008 Golden Silo Awards

Northeast Iowa— Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the
best in heritage development during their Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday,
April 9, 2008. More than 85 regional partners attended the event held at the Park Place Event
Centre in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Golden Silo Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions
demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and telling the stories of American agriculture.
The following individuals and organizations were recognized:

Dianna & Loren Engelbrecht, Farm House Bed & Breakfast, Fredericksburg
The Alan Hutching’s 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 and provided leadership in the heritage development

Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson
Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
Honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency or local government who has made
an extraordinary effort in preservingthe icons to the story of American agriculture.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, West Branch
Outstanding Partner
Honors an organization, institution or individual who has shown support and partnered with SSNHA on numerous occasions to create
awareness for the Heritage Area.

Darold Duerr, Hardin County Farm Museum, Eldora; Jean Stowell, Top of Iowa Welcome Center, Northwood
Outstanding Volunteer
Honors an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National
Heritage Area.

“We are blessed in the Heritage Area with many wonderful ambassadors for agriculture’s
past, present and future,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President. “The Golden Silo Awards
honor their selfless dedication and commitment.”

Additionally, partner sites designated or receiving upgraded designations during the 2007
partner designation round were formally recognized, while outgoing Trustees and Partnership
Panel members were also acknowledged for their years of service to the Heritage Area.

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. To learn more about
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, please visit

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