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Silos & Smokestacks to Offer Workshop on Living History Interpretation

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting the
workshop “Revisit the Past: Creating Successful Living History Programs” on March 28 from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Historical Building, located in downtown Des Moines. The
workshop will feature John C.F. Luzader, Vice President of Programs for the National
Association for Interpretation.

Mr. Luzader, who has been perfecting the art of living history since 1961, has worked as an
interpreter at various sites around the world and now conducts trainings for the National Park
Service. Throughout the day-long workshop, Mr. Luzader will discuss the basics of living
history, the use of interpretation as a professional tool and guidelines for creating an
interpretive character. Through his guidance, participants will discover the power of living
history and how to effectively use it at their museum, nature center or farm.

“We are pleased to be able to bring someone of Mr. Luzader’s caliber to the Heritage Area,”
commented Don Short, SSNHA President. “Through offering these trainings, we hope to build
each individual site’s capacity for telling their own story.”

The registration fee for Designated SSNHA Partner or Emerging Sites is $35 per person or
$90 for three individuals from the same site. Fee for all other participants is $45 per person.
For more information or to register for this workshop, visit or
call 319-234-4567.

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.

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