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    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area funds Internships in Northeast Iowa

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has awarded $10,000 to fund college internships at Heritage Area Partner Sites. Intern projects located throughout the region will focus on preserving and telling stories related to American agriculture and include:

    ·         Iowa State University Special Collections, Ames

    Intern will collect archival material in relation to ISU Extension. This project coincides with the ISU Extension 100th anniversary. Materials gathered will be used on the web to celebrate the event.

     ·         Motor Mill Historic Site, Elkader

    Intern will develop an Interpretive Plan for Motor Mill, along with support materials to assist in education projects at the mill.

     ·         National 19th Amendment Society, Charles City

    Using an apple orchard as an interpretive tool, intern will host programs, develop curriculum and facilitate a summer camp.

     ·         Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, Decorah

    Intern will receive training in hand pollination and help write educational materials in relation to pollination.

     ·         Wagaman Mill & Museum, Lynnville

    Intern will develop historical agricultural interpretation at mill. They will also collect oral stories related to the mill, along with artifacts to develop interpretive programs and exhibits.

    “We are grateful to be able to provide agricultural learning experiences and internships. Five college students will gain valuable work experience in relation to preserving and promoting agriculture in the state of Iowa,” said Don Short, SSNHA President.

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

    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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