The Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area which covers northeast Iowa and over into central Iowa was recently awarded $10,000 from the CHS Foundation to fund college student internships in the Heritage Area during summer 2013. Intern projects throughout the region will focus on preserving and telling stories related to American agriculture. The Silos & Smokestacks historical preservation group has announced that the interns will be working at these locations:
* Grout Museum District in Waterloo--Working with permanent staff, the intern will create lesson plans in relation to soil science. The lessons created will be used in both public and school programs.
* Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy at Hudson--The intern will help develop hands-on exhibits for the newly-constructed interpretive center, as well as create educational curriculum and lead guided tours of this working dairy farm.
* Museums of Story City at Story City--Throughout the summer the intern will catalog and digitally preserve over 200 artifacts currently stored in a one-room schoolhouse.
* Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, based at Waterloo--Intern will help market and facilitate weekly agriculturally-based summer camp for youth in grades 3-6.
* Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum at Decorah--Over the course of the summer the intern will complete a first-ever inventory of agricultural tools and implements stored in the historic Painter-Berntaz Mill.
"We are grateful to the CHS Foundation for their generous support in providing agricultural learning experiences and internships. Through their donation, five college students will gain valuable work experience in relation to preserving and promoting agriculture in the state of Iowa," says Don Short, president of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
Internships will begin in May and continue throughout the summer. For more information on specific projects or internship opportunities contact the individual organizations listed above. To learn more about the Intern Grant Program, contact Angi Reid, education & interpretation manager at 319-234-4567 or [email protected].
Silos & Smokestacks is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an affiliated area of the National Park Service. The Silos & Smokestacks 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, Silos & Smokestacks interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities past and present. To learn more about Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, please visit the website.