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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release December 17, 2008

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Historic Site Preservation Grants announced

Application deadline for emergency HSPG funds is Jan. 15

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced $784,051 in grants for historic preservation projects throughout the state.

The Historic Site Preservation Grant (HSPG) program provides funds to acquire, repair, rehabilitate and develop historic sites that preserve, interpret or promote Iowa’s cultural heritage.

Projects funded by this program must promote an understanding of the record of human experience within Iowa. HSPG projects are limited to work on vertical infrastructure – land acquisition for construction, major rehabilitation of buildings, all appurtenant structures, utilities and site developments.

Meanwhile, emergency HSPG funds are still available for storm-damaged historic sites. The deadline for submitting emergency HSPG applications is Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.

Emergency HSPG funds may be awarded for stabilization of a storm-damaged historical site located in a county with a state-declared disaster proclamation. Properties listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or a facility in which Iowa’s history or the heritage of Iowa’s people is interpreted, are eligible. Any individual, nonprofit organization, American Indian Tribe, local political subdivision of the state, or state agency that own or is responsible for construction, maintenance and operation of a historical site is eligible.

“Iowa’s historic sites are the cornerstones that Iowans and visitors to our state study, research and enjoy as they learn about our rich history and proud traditions,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “As we continue to recover and rebuild from the floods and tornados of 2008, we are making these emergency grants available in support of rehabilitation and preservation efforts.”

Visit www.iowahistory.org or contact Kristen Vander Molen at 515-281-4228 or kristen.vandermolen@iowa.gov for more information.

Recipients of 2009 HSPG funds announced today are below:

(Grant Amount)
(Grant Recipient)
(Project Description)

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society
Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum
The project goal is to construct an exhibit/display area as part of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum, located adjacent to the Glenn Miller Birthplace Home. The Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum will feature an extensive collection of exhibits and artifacts, music archives, theatre and a library that will bring visitors to the Clarinda area.

Council Bluffs
Historic General Dodge House, Inc.
General Dodge House Complex Paint, Wood and Masonry Restoration
The Historic General Dodge House Complex plans for a paint, wood and masonry restoration project. In doing historical paint scraping, the original paint colors for the Dodge House were discovered and will be replicated. Due to age and the elements, there are many areas in the brick and stonework that need to be repaired for the stability of the home as well as for aesthetic purposes.

Des Moines
Salisbury House Foundation
Internal Surfaces Preservation and Waterproofing
Restoration of the internal surfaces of Salisbury House will allow the unique Midwest historic house to be more fully open for public visits and allow a rich chapter of Iowa history to come alive as visitors are immersed in unique historical and cultural experiences. Currently hosting 30,000 visits annually, improvements will make it possible to share more of the house with an increased number of visitors in the future while protecting the priceless art, architecture and artifacts collection.

Dubuque County          
Restoring the Historic Dubuque County Jail
This project will preserve one of Iowa's 23 National Landmarks. This rare Egyptian Revival building is severely threatened by water, which is chipping away at the limestone and foundation, and harming artifacts. Tuck-pointing, foundation repair, caulking, storm water control and temperature controls are needed to halt deterioration. This will preserve the building for future generations and create a safer environment for visitors.

Jefferson County
Maasdam Barns Development Project
The Maasdam Barns Development Project will develop a tourist, recreation and education center in Fairfield. The project will showcase pre-industrial revolution agriculture and highlight the achievements of the Louden and Turney companies, the largest local manufacturers during that era and national contributors to pre-industrial and industrial agriculture. 

Fort Madison
Cattermole Cultural Center Commission
Cattermole Rehabilitation Project
This project includes maintaining weather integrity of the roofing structure; providing access to the building for disabled and elderly citizens; rehabilitation of deteriorating plaster; and restoration of wood trim, stair-way balustrade and reception area wood accents.

Mason City      
River City Society for Historic Preservation       
Stockman House Architectural Interpretive Center         
The Stockman House Architectural Interpretive Center will support the mission of the Stockman House and interpret the extraordinarily rich Mason City Prairie School architectural heritage, as well as the valuable heritage of other styles during Mason City’s “boom.” 

West Des Moines
City of West Des Moines
Historic City Hall Renovation
The City of West Des Moines recently purchased the building located at 137 5th Street in the Valley Junction area of West Des Moines. This grant will provide funds to renovate the building for public use. The building, built in 1901, functioned as a combined city hall, engine house and jail for the community until 1952.  

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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