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    Silos & Smokestacks Awards Grants to Preserve America’s Agricultural Story

    Northeast Iowa–Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded
    $59,147 to 12 Northeast Iowa sites, communities and organizations to help them tell
    their own unique part of the American agricultural story. We are pleased to announce
    the following recipients for the 2012 General & Interpretive Planning Grants:

    Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue, $1,162
    Through development of an agricultural heritage tour, the chamber will tell the
    story of the rich heritage of the St. Donatus-Bellevue area, including the history
    and evolution of local farming and farm families.

    Grout Museum District, Waterloo, $10,000
    The museum will begin the next phase of its “Sharing the Farm Story” project,
    documenting the oral video histories of Iowa farmers.

    Iowa Valley Resources, Conservation and Development Council – Iowa
    Valley Scenic Byway, Amana, $2,000
    An interpretive signage program be developed to further share the story of the
    Amana Colonies.

    Jasper County Historical Society, Newton, $9,815
    Through indoor and outdoor exhibits, the history of wind energy in Jasper County
    will be interpreted.

    Johnson County Board of Supervisors, Lisbon, $4,920
    The history of the Sutliff Bridge and surrounding area, including the Cedar River
    and native people, will be told through interpretive signage.

    Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Inc., $8,150
    The past and present of Iowa’s portion of America’s second longest
    transcontinental highway, U.S. Route 6, will be explored through development of
    a documentary film titled “River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6.”

    Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, $1,900
    Interpretive signs will be developed to introduce and designate four distinct
    habitats within the 28-acre Outdoor Learning Lab.

    Reiman Gardens-Iowa State University, Ames, $10,000
    An interpretive exhibit will be designed to enhance the agricultural theme and
    hands-on interaction in the Children’s Garden.

    Four Mounds Foundation, Dubuque, $2,200
    A consultant will be hired to help develop an educational and interpretive plan
    with an exhibit concept design for the historic barn, as it relates to the farm
    campus and gentleman’s farm, as well as a designer for preliminary interpretive
    sign and exhibit illustrations.

    Midwest Lumber Museum, Inc., Clinton, $3,000
    The relationship between the early settlers of Eastern Iowa who primarily worked
    as farmers and those who primarily worked as lumbermen or mill owners will be

    National Cattle Congress, Waterloo, $5,000
    The cultural and historical significance of the National Cattle Congress (NCC),
    including McElroy Auditorium and Electric Park Ballroom, will be researched to
    create an introduction video for visitors, with the research used to submit an
    application for the NCC to be added to the National Register of Historical Places.

    St. Lucas Historical Society, St. Lucas, $1,000
    To hire an expert to help preserve and interpret America’s agricultural stories as
    they pertain to the Haure Blacksmith Shop in St. Lucas.

    “Each of these projects are preserving important pieces of America’s agricultural story.
    We are pleased to be able to continue to contribute to preservation of this nationally
    important story,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    Projects funded through SSNHA Grant Programs must provide a 1-1 non-federal match
    to the grant award. Since the program began in 2001, Silos & Smokestacks has funded
    over $1.6 million to non-profit organizations, local governments and communities in
    Northeast Iowa to preserve America’s agricultural heritage.

    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. To learn more about Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, please visit

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