15th Annual Golden Silo Barn Party


Celebrate Iowa agriculture and heritage with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Enjoy a delightful evening at the Courtyard by Marriott in Waterloo, formerly the John Deere Tractor Works Factory. Feast on an exceptional meal of Iowa-style food and bid on unique live and silent auction items. Help us honor the many people in our heritage area that preserve and tell the story of American agriculture!

FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2019
6:00-9:00 P.M.
Courtyard By Marriott
250 Westfield Ave, Waterloo



Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area’s finest during its 13th Annual Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party, Friday, Nov. 10, at The Winneshiek Hotel & Opera House, Decorah.

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, Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

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 Friend, Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa

The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Friend to Silos & Smokestacks honors an organization, institution, or individual who has shown support and partnered with SSNHA on numerous occasions to support the mission of the Heritage Area.


Outstanding Partner Site, Carnegie Cultural Center, New Hampton, Iowa

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, Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm, Hampton, Iowa

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, Audrey Savage, Monticello, Iowa

The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Volunteer recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, UNI Rod Library and UNI Museums for support of this year’s awards event.

Check back for information about the 2018 Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party!