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    Silos & Smokestacks Awards Grants for Interpretive Planning

    Northeast Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded $8,875
    in grants to assist in the planning of interpretive projects focused on preserving and telling
    America’s agricultural and agri-industrial stories. With $16,325 in requests, SSNHA will make
    grants to the following recipients for the 2009 SSNHA Interpretive Planning Grant Program:

    Clayton County Conservation Board, $2,500
    Develop a visioning plan for the Motor Mill Historic Site in Elkader, as part a
    comprehensive interpretive plan.

    Franklin County Historical Society, $625
    Determine the number, design and placement of the wayfinding and interpretive
    signage at the Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm in Hampton.

    Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development, $2,000
    Develop an historical marker program for the seven villages of the Amana Colonies in
    Iowa County.

    Johnson County Historical Society, $1,250
    Hire professional consultants to further develop the theme for a new permanent exhibit
    related to agricultural history in Johnson County.

    Mathias Ham House, $2,500
    Develop an interpretive and signage plan for the restored grounds at the Mathias Ham
    House in Dubuque.

    “We are proud to offer this new grant program to help organizations in need of planning
    assistance and excited to see the interpretive projects that develop,” commented Don Short,
    SSNHA President.

    Projects funded through the SSNHA Interpretive Planning Grant Program must provide a 1-1
    match to the grant request. Planning funds may be used for professional assistance, thematic
    writing, preliminary design and layout of an exhibit or interpretive sign, and other related
    projects. This is the first year Silos & Smokestacks has offered the Interpretive Planning

    SSNHA 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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