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Silos & Smokestacks Awards Grants to Tell the Story of American Agriculture

Northeast Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded
$47,128 in grants to help sites, communities and organizations tell the story of American
agriculture in northeastern Iowa. With $91,928 in requests, SSNHA will make grants to
the following recipients for the 2009 SSNHA General Grant Program:

Buchanan County Conservation Board, $3,000
Restore the interior of the Richardson-Jakway House to the time period of 1850-
Chickasaw County Tourism Council, $6,000
Install an information kiosk at the new Nashua Welcome Center.

Friends of Dubuque County Conservation Board, $3,263
Create interpretive signage located along the Heritage Trail.

Friends of the Mines of Spain, $3,575
Design and install three interpretive signs at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area.

Fort Des Moines Museum, $3,000
Provide marketing and program support for the museum’s new permanent
exhibit, “The Victory Garden.”

Hardin County Farm Museum, $2,200
Purchase a swinging panel display for a collection of cloth seed.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center, $3,477
Enhance featured section “Modern Mechanics” by reconstructing an 1870’s
wooden windmill.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, Inc, $3,600
Develop a volunteer retention program for interpretive reenactors.

Iowa Falls Historical Society, $5,000
Support the exhibition and programming for a National Endowment for the
Humanities traveling exhibit.

Jackson County Historical Society, $2,040
Complete restoration of the north entry of the Clinton Engines Museum.

Mitchell County Historical Society, $2,500
Develop interpretive signage to tell the history of Mitchell County in the historical

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, $1,000
Partner with Decorah schools to develop historical event lessons for third

Waterloo Center for the Arts, $8,500
Create eight large-scale public art banners to be installed in downtown Waterloo.

“We’re really pleased with the number and quality of applications this year. Thirteen
projects telling the stories of our agricultural heritage were awarded funding, including
four new recipients,” reported Don Short, SSNHA President.

Projects funded through the SSNHA General Grant Program must provide a 1-1 nonfederal
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 49 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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