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    Silos & Smokestacks to Honor Best in Heritage Development

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be holding their
    annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon Wednesday, April 7, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Sky
    Event Centre, downtown Waterloo. The Sky Event Centre is located in the original Black’s
    Gypsy Tea Room in the historic Black’s Building.

    Each year, SSNHA celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo
    Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding
    excellence in preserving and telling stories of American agriculture.
    This year’s special guest will be Mary Lynch Swander, Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa.
    She will perform a vignette from her play, Farmscape, a docudrama capturing the changing
    rural environment.

    “We are proud to have Mary Swander as part of this year’s celebration. Her play Farmscape
    demonstrates the very same excellence in preservation of America’s agricultural story that is
    being recognized through our Golden Silo Awards,” commented Don Short, SSNHA

    Tickets are $30 each for this recognition of the Heritage Area’s finest. Invitation and registration form may also be found at

    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.

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