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    Silos & Smokestacks Formally Renews Partnerships With Heritage Area Sites


    WATERLOO, Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) together with heritage area sites will formally pledge to continue its commitment to telling the story of American agriculture.

    In conjunction with its 25th Anniversary, Silos & Smokestacks staff will hit the road Aug. 2-7 for a series of signing ceremonies celebrating its partnerships with museums, farms and historic sites throughout the 37 county heritage area.

    “Strong partnerships have been the foundation for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area for 25 years,” said Candy Streed, director of partnerships at SSNHA. “This weeklong celebration honors those critical partnerships in preserving and telling the story of American agriculture with Iowa heritage area sites.”

    The first partnership signing ceremony will take place this Sunday, Aug. 1 during Silos & Smokestacks 25th Anniversary Picnic & Grand Opening, from 1-3 p.m. at Riverloop Expo Plaza in Waterloo. Subsequent stops will be at 10 a.m. and include:

    Aug. 2: Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm, Hampton

    Aug. 3: Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah

    Aug. 4: National Mississippi River Museum, Dubuque

    Aug. 5: African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids

    Aug. 7: Living History Farms, Urbandale

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area began in 1991 as an economic revitalization program for downtown Waterloo. It’s one of 55 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and present.

    “Iowa’s story is the story of American agriculture and the unique way it shaped the nation. No other region in the United States shares our rich agricultural legacy,” added Streed. “Together, these heritage area sites bring America’s agricultural story to life: telling the stories of agriculture, agricultural industry, nature, and farm life in Iowa.”

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    Click HERE for complete list of Heritage Area Sites and signing locations.


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