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    Silos & Smokestacks Honors Best in Agricultural Heritage Preservation

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the best in
    heritage development during their annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, April 4,
    2012. Regional partners gathered at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, IA to honor
    this year’s award recipients.

    Golden Silo Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions
    demonstrate excellence in preserving and telling the America’s agricultural story. The following
    individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions (photos available upon
    request following event):

    Keith Elwick, Vinton, IA
    Hero in American Agriculture
    New this year, the award honors an individual, organization, business, agency, or local
    government who has been a catalyst in revolutionizing the industry of agriculture. By doing
    just what they did, they changed the way we feed the world.

    Carl & Mary Koehler History Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
    Outstanding Interpretation
    New this year, the award honors a Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the
    story of American agriculture

    Dan McFarland, Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch, Fredericksburg, IA
    Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary
    Honors an individual, organization, business, agency or local government who has shown
    sustained support for the Heritage Area for more than five years, created a legacy in heritage
    development and provided leadership in the heritage development movement.

    Ice House Museum, Cedar Falls, IA
    Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
    Honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency or local government who has
    made an extraordinary effort in preserving the icons to the story of American agriculture.

    Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls, IA
    Outstanding Partner
    Honors an organization, institution or individual who has shown support and partnered with
    SSNHA on numerous occasions to create awareness for the Heritage Area.

    Geof Grimes, SSNHA Board of Trustees, Waterloo, IA
    Amanda Schwartz, National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, IA
    Outstanding Volunteer(s)
    Honors an individual or organization who has given tirelessly to SSNHA.

    Jenison Meacham Memorial Art Farm & Museum, Belmond, IA
    People’s Choice “Site of the Year”
    Honors a SSNHA Partner Site who has been voted for by the public to be their favorite “Site
    of the Year.” Finalists included Amana Heritage Society Museums, Amana Colonies, and
    University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa City.

    Also featured at this year’s event was a special presentation by the Grout Museum District,
    Waterloo, IA, from its farm story video history project. Iowa farmer Keith Elwick, who was also
    recognized during the ceremony as a “Hero in American Agriculture,” shared his inspiring story
    as an inventor on his farm near Vinton, IA. His ‘revolutionary’ Hawk Bilt manure spreader helped
    transform agriculture worldwide and made him the first American to receive two British
    implement prizes from the Queen of England. Thanks to the Iowa Farm Bureau for sponsoring
    this year’s event.

    “Every year we look forward to honoring these deserving individuals and organizations, and
    each year I am more impressed with their accomplishments and dedication to the Heritage
    Area,” 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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