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Silos & Smokestacks Funds Internships for Agricultural Heritage Preservation Projects

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded $9,608
in grants though the 2012 Intern Grant Program; helping five SSNHA Partner Sites hire
college interns this summer. The Intern Grant Program assists designated Partner Sites by
covering up to 70% of an intern’s wage. Intern projects will focus on preserving and telling
stories related to American agriculture and include:

Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson, $3,000
The intern will help develop hands-on exhibits for the newly constructed interpretive
center, as well as create educational curriculum and lead guided tours of this working
dairy farm.

Johnson County Historical Society, Coralville, $1,512
Through careful examination and documentation, the intern will inventory agricultural
artifacts that were displaced after the 2008 flood and place them in a new storage

Museums of Story City, Story City, $840
The intern will assist in curriculum development and marketing for the museums’ first
agriculturally-based summer camp, along with support of day to day operations for the

National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, $2,856
To help develop an agricultural group tour program, the intern will conduct research
and create both display and marketing pieces for the program.

Richardson-Jakway Historic Site, Aurora, $1,400
The intern will plant an heirloom garden and apply a new coat of linseed oil to the
house to aid in its preservation, as well as provide assistance for both public programs
and youth camps.

“”It’s truly a privilege to be able to help fund these interns that play such an influential role in
completing these important projects,” said Don Short, SSNHA President.

Internships will begin in May and continue throughout summer. For more information on
specific projects or internship opportunities, please contact the individual organizations listed

SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is 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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