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    Silos & Smokestacks Funds Internships in Northeast Iowa

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

    Calkins Nature Area, Iowa Falls
    Intern will construct a raised garden bed, planted and maintained in a manner consistent with Native American culture. An educational program will be developed to connect the project with the museum.

    Four Mounds Inn & Conference Center, Dubuque
    To expand the Farm-to-Table program, the intern will increase youth programming, reach a wider audience of visitors, and partner in community events to create greater awareness about the evolving nature of farms and gardens.

    Heartland Museum, Clarion
    Over the course of the summer, the intern will expand the museum’s visibility through planning and conducting several interpretive and exhibit programs. They will also lead a summer camp program and catalog portions of the museum’s collection.

    Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids
    Through maintenance and interpretation of three gardens, the intern will assist in coordinating the Connecting Children, Food and Ecology program. Part of their responsibilities will be facilitating and assisting staff with summer camps and public programs.

    Motor Mill Historic Site, Elkader
    To share Motor Mills extensive collection of stories and historical documentation, the intern will develop interpretive displays to supplement the educational programs at Motor Mill.

    “We are pleased to be able to support our Partner Sites through our intern grant program. Five college students will gain valuable work experience while connecting visitors with the region’s agricultural story,” commented 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. To learn more about the Intern Grant Program, contact Laura Elfers, Education & Interpretation Manager, at 319-234-4567 or

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