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    Silos & Smokestacks Hosts Free Winter Webinars

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting four free webinars from January 28-March 4. Webinar topics include; social media strategies for sharing your story, using Iowa Core to attract teachers, best practices in telling the modern agricultural story, and how to apply for Silos & Smokestacks General Grant Program. Grab some hot cocoa, pull up a seat in front of your computer and avoid the cold during this series of Winter Webinars:

    Wednesday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST
    Julie McPike, Managing Director at Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, will discuss how the collaboration among several Kansas institutions resulted in a Twitter-based, real-time “reenactment” of Quantrill’s Raid – one of the worst Civil War-era raids on civilians – on its sesquicentennial. This event trended worldwide, received national press, and won multiple awards. Julie will also discuss coordinating and executing this multiple-participant online event.

    Selling Your Site Using Iowa Core
    Thursday, February 12, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
    Don’t have time to translate the Iowa Core and use it to your advantage convincing teachers they will receive a great field trip and meet essential concepts and skills? Laura Elfers, Education & Interpretation Manager at SSNHA has broken down the Social Studies and Science guides into a manageable tool for you. Together, we will discover what concepts and skills you are already meeting with your programs.

    Best Practices in Telling the Modern Ag Story
    Wednesday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST
    Lanny Haldy, Amana Heritage Society; Megan Kregel, Iowa’s Dairy Center, and Linda Perrenoud, Jasper County Historical Society Museum will demonstrate how three very different Heritage Area Partner Sites are connecting with current day agricultural practices in their community. What visitors want to know about just might surprise you – wind energy, robotic dairying and methane gas (aka cow poo).

    Silos & Smokestacks General Grant Application
    Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST
    Thinking about submitting a Silos & Smokestacks General Grant application this year? Join us to determine if your project is a good fit for the General Grant. Candy Streed, Program & Partnership Director at SSNHA will lead this webinar, and cover how to setup your online application (so you can save and return to it later), review the grant criteria and funding priorities, and how to upload attachments to your application.

    There is no cost for these webinars, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit

    “We are excited to be offering this series of webinars, spanning a variety of relevant topics. Through our technical assistance programs, we have expand the capability for our Heritage Area partners and communities to tell their own stories.” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    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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