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4/2/2014
SILOS AND SMOKESTACKS

Silos & Smokestacks Honors Those Telling America's Agricultural Story

Northeast Iowa - Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area's best during their 10th Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, April 2 at the Black's Building Sky Room in Waterloo, IA. Golden Silo 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:

* Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson, IA
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, and provided leadership in the heritage development movement. Named for Alan Hutchings of the National Park Service, whose vision was so critical to Silos & Smokestacks very creation as National Heritage Area.

* Jasper County Historical Society, Newton, IA
Outstanding Interpretation
Honors a Silos & Smokestacks' Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture.

* Tyden Farm No. 6, Dougherty, IA
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.

* Growmark, Bloomington, IL
Outstanding Partner
Honors an organization, institution, or individual who has shown support and partnered with Silos & Smokestacks on numerous occasions to support the mission of the Heritage Area.

* Lanny Haldy, Amana Heritage Society Museums, Amana, IA
Outstanding Volunteer
Recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

* Vesterheim Norwegian - American Museum, Decorah, IA
People's Choice "Site of the Year"
A traveling award that honors a Heritage Area Partner Site who has been voted for by the public as the "Site of the Year." Finalists included Hurstville Interpretive Center, Maquoketa; and Living History Farms, Urbandale.

The keynote "Telling Today's Story of Iowa Agriculture" was presented by Laurie Johns of the Iowa Farm Bureau, who shared what she has learned from 25 years as an Emmy-winning TV and radio news anchor and reporter. Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Iowa Pork Producers Association for their support of this year's awards luncheon. For detailed presentation notes or photos of the event, please email asteinmann@silosandsmokestacks.org or call 319-234-4567.

SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities - past and present.

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CONTACT:
Candy Streed
Program & Partnership Director
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
cstreed@silosandsmokestacks.org
Office: 319.234.4567; Cell: 319.404.0115

Aaron Steinmann
Marketing & Communications Manager
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
asteinmann@silosandsmokestacks.org
Office: 319.234.4567; Cell: 563.593.4521

 

 

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