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 14th Annual Golden Silo Barn Party, Friday, Nov. 9, at The Courtyard by Marriott, 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

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, 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, John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, Waterloo, 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, Maureen Hanson

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