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    Silos & Smokestacks Awards Grants to Ag-related Projects

    Northeastern Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded $60,000 in grants to help sites, communities and organizations tell the story of American agriculture in northeastern Iowa. With $132,342.50 in requests, SSNHA will make grants to the following recipients for the 2008 SSNHA General Grant Program:

    African American Museum of Iowa, $6,000 – To design a changing exhibit “Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America” that describes the plight of African American Farmers in Iowa and on a national basis.

    Amana Heritage Society, $1,000 – To assist the “Amana History in Motion” marketing campaign, promoting a new series of tours.

    Cascade Community Enhancement Corporation, $1,500 – To create two interpretive signs at the Cascade Historic Limestone Silo.

    Grout Museum District, $7,000 – To develop and implement live interpretation of how Waterloo-Cedar Falls ancestors lived.

    Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, $2,056 – To create an oral history exhibit of Iles Family to compliment the 1934 GMC farm truck and stock trailer.

    Jackson County Conservation, $6,000 – To design and implement a multimedia kiosk to allow visitors to explore a turn of the century farm community.

    Jasper County Conservation Board, $4,000 – To create a traveling educational trunk and interpretive kiosk at the Wagaman Mill.

    Kansas Public Telecommunications, $7,500 – “Country School: One Room – One Nation” a one hour historical documentary film.

    Living History Farms Foundation, $7,000 – To assist in “Give Us A Hand!,” a hands-on activity program that provides visitors with an opportunity to try their hand at historic activities.

    Northeast Iowa Antique Engine & Power Club, $1,200 – To develop interpretive signage.

    Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, $5,000 – To design and prepare interactive, web-based resources titled “Ancient Crops of Iowa.”

    St. Lucas Historical Society, $4,000 – To stabilize and restore the Blacksmith Shop.

    St. Wenceslaus Church, $2,195 – To research and develop the oral history of Czech, German and Swiss immigrants and their families, farms, businesses and culture in the Spillville area.

    University of Northern Iowa, $5,349 – To create an exhibit called “Iowa’s Dinner Table” and associated programs which explore food production, preparation and service in Iowa from 1900 to the 1960s.

    Winneshiek County Historical Society, $200 – Design and print new brochures for the Locust School Museum.

    “We’re pleased to have many applicants from new areas. Our grant program continues to spread further across the Heritage Area,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    Projects funded through the SSNHA General 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 $1.3 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 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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