For immediate release June 3, 2010
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa recognized National Historic Preservation Month in May by announcing numerous historic preservation and community history awards and certificates.
The awards and certificates recognize historians, historic preservationists and other individuals and groups for their work in 2009 to preserve Iowa’s rich heritage.
“These awards and certificates are recognition of the efforts undertaken last year to preserve our historic assets,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “We are grateful for the time and hard work these people have devoted to ensure our heritage is kept alive for future generations of Iowans to enjoy.”
Following is the list of awards and certificates issued in May by the SHSI Board of Trustees:
PRESERVATION PROJECTS OF MERIT AWARD
These awards recognize historic preservation projects that exemplify the best of preservation practices, meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings,” and use the State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program.
MILLS/NOUN POPULAR HISTORY AWARD
This award recognizes the author of the most significant article on an Iowa history topic published in a popular history periodical during previous calendar years. It is named in honor of Iowa reporter and popular historian George Mills and Iowa historian and philanthropist Louise Noun.
BENJAMIN F. SHAMBAUGH AWARDS
This award recognizes the most significant book published on Iowa history during the previous calendar year.
LOREN HORTON COMMUNITY HISTORY AWARD
The Loren Horton Community History Award recognizes the best project that increases the awareness of and participation in Iowa history on a local level.
2010 CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS
Jointly administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, the Certified Local Government Program is a model and a cost-effective local, state and federal partnership that promotes historic preservation at the grassroots level across the nation.
Chariton: National Register Nomination of the Crozier House
Charles City: Intensive Survey of the Sherman Nursery
Davenport: Credit Island Geomorphological/Archaeological Survey and National Register Nomination
Decorah: National Register Nomination of the Decorah Municipal Pool Building
Des Moines: Reconnaissance-Level Historical and Architectural Survey of the Drake Neighborhood
Jones County: Survey and Evaluation of Wapsipinicon State Park
Lake City: Planning for Preservation Project
Linn County: Reconnaissance Survey of Subsections I and M in Linn County
Osceola: Planning for Preservation Project
Ottumwa: National Register Nomination of the Historic Railroad District
Red Oak: 2010 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference
CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT CERTIFICATION
Cedar Rapids: Grant Wood Cultural District
In addition, Preservation Iowa recently announced its annual Preservation at Its Best Awards to honor individuals, organizations, projects, and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation.
The awards were presented as part of a historic preservation workshop co-sponsored by Preservation Iowa, the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Clinton Historic Preservation Commission and the Clinton County Historical Society.
Ten awards were presented in seven categories. Awards presented included:
Project: Step by Step, Dubuque Recipient: Step by Step, Inc./Portzen Construction
Project: The Eatery, Bedford Recipient: Shirley Winemiller
Project: Nonpareil Building, Council Bluffs Recipient: J Development Company
Project: Hotel Julien, Dubuque Recipient: Fischer Companies, Tony Pfohl
Grant/Lincoln Elementary Schools, Oskaloosa Recipient: Community Housing Initiatives, Inc.
Williges Building, Sioux City Recipient: VTEBBR Law Firm/Bart Connelly
Friends of Jipp, Davenport Recipient: Gateway Redevelopment Group
Historic Millwork District Master Plan, Dubuque Recipient: City of Dubuque
Khrushchev in Iowa 50th Anniversary Commemoration, Coon Rapids Recipient: Creating Great Places
Preservationist (honoring an individual or group that has championed historic preservation planning, policy or activities.)
Iowa’s Advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Sam Erickson, Des Moines, and Dan Tindall, Grinnell
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.