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    Silos & Smokestacks Honors Those Telling America’s Agricultural Story

    Waterloo, IOWA – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area’s finest during its 14th Annual Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party, Friday, Nov. 9, at The Courtyard by Marriott in Waterloo.

    Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story, both past and present. The following individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions:

    • Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary
      Dave Bell, Dyersville
      The Golden Silo Award for The Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary honors an individual, organization, business, agency, or local government who has shown sustained support for the Heritage Area for more than five years, created a legacy in heritage development that has made all the difference, and provided leadership in the heritage development movement. This is the eighth year for this award, named for Alan Hutchings of the National Park Service whose vision was so critical to our very creation as National Heritage Area.


    • Outstanding Partner Site
      National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville
      The Golden Silo Award Partner Site honors a Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture.


    • Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
      John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, Waterloo
      The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture.


    • Outstanding Volunteer
      Maureen Hanson, La Porte City
      The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Volunteer recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

    Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness—past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture at a variety of museums, historic sites, and farms. One of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. To plan your visit, go to

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    Photo: Golden Silo Award winners. From left to right, Dave Bell; Amanda Schwartz, National Farm Toy Museum; Rosa Grant, John Deere Tractor Museum; and Maureen Hanson.


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