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Silos & Smokestacks Offers Workshop on Interpretative Planning

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting the
free workshop “Sowing Stories, Reaping Meaning: Developing an Interpretive Strategy for
Your Site.” To help allow a wide range of participants to attend the workshop, it will be held
twice this summer, including Thursday, July 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Iowa
Transportation Museum, Grinnell; and Wednesday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the
Farm House B&B, Fredericksburg.

The workshop will build on an interpretive planning manual created in part by SSNHA and
Interpretive Solutions Inc. of Pennsylvania, with a free copy of the manual provided to
attendees. The manual contains hands-on worksheets and supplemental information that will
help anyone in the interpretation field to better understand the art of interpretation and
interpretive planning. Supplementing each other, the workshop and manual will help
attendees learn how to create an interpretation strategy that links their site to an overarching
theme and mission.

Don Short, President of SSNHA commented, “After a year of development, we are excited to
share this educational tool with historical, cultural and agricultural institutions throughout the

This workshop will be free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. Pre-registration is not
required for this event. For more information, please 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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