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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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