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Silos & Smokestacks Funds Four Summer Internships

Northeast Iowa- Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded $9,640
in grants to four SSNHA Partner Sites, enabling each to hire a summer intern. Interns will
help preserve and tell the story of American agriculture through exhibit creation and
preservation of artifacts. With over $31,000 in requests, SSNHA awarded Internship Grants
to the following organizations:

Family Museum, Bettendorf, $3,000
Research will be conducted on the history of onion farming in the region and programming
created around the story to be utilized within an existing exhibit.

Floyd County Historical Society, Charles City, $1,120
One-of-a-kind tractor designs from the Oliver Company will be scanned and archived.
Intern will also help preserve quilts through proper storage and creation of an interpretive

Motor Mill Historical Site, Elkader, $2,520
Intern will help facilitate mill tours while developing consistent on-site interpretation. Work
will also include a savanna restoration project located on the property.

Reiman Gardens, Ames, $3,000
A home production garden focused on heirloom plants will be developed. An exhibit will
explain how to can and preserve the food grown throughout the summer.

Internships will begin in May and continue throughout summer. For more information on
specific projects or internship opportunities, please contact the individual organizations listed
above. The Internship Grant Program is part of the SSNHA Education Scholarship Fund,
which supports education programs for students of all ages. To learn more about the
program, contact Angi Reid, Education & Interpretation Manager, at 319-234-4567.

“Providing internships within the Heritage Area allows students to explore new and exciting
opportunities right here in Iowa. Without their insight and help many of these wonderful
projects would not be completed,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

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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