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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 23, 2011

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

SHSI announces historic preservation, community history awards

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced several historic preservation and community history awards and certificates that recognize individuals and groups for their work in 2010 to preserve Iowa’s historical assets.

“These awards and certificates recognize the efforts of individuals who have worked tirelessly to preserve Iowa’s history,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Tiffany Cownie said. “We are pleased to honor those who devote their time and energy to make sure our state’s history is preserved for future generations of Iowans to enjoy.”

Following is the list of awards and certificates issued by SHSI:


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.

Judith A. McClure Award. This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a residential property.
Henry Lischer House, 624 West 6th Street, Davenport, Scott County; owned by Francis and Marion Meginnis. Built in 1871, this home is considered to be an excellent example of Victorian Italianate in the Hamburg Historic District and was designed by local architect Frederick George Clausen. The rehabilitation preserved significant exterior and interior architectural features.

Adrian D. Anderson Award. This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a small historic preservation project (e.g., a project with qualified rehabilitation costs of $500,000 or less).
City National Bank and Glass Block Building, 1 & 3 South Federal Avenue, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County; owned by Scott Moorman who operated Moorman Clothiers. The City National Bank (circa 1885) and the Glass Block Building (circa 1894) are located in the Mason City Downtown Historic District. This project is recognized for its economic impact in Mason City and is an excellent example of a Main Street project.

Margaret Keyes Award. This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a large historic preservation project.
Baker-DeVotie-Hollingsworth Blocks (Studio Block), 516-526 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Polk County; owned by Timothy Rypma. Locally known as the Studio Block, this property includes a building built in 1877 and two buildings built in 1883. The long-term and significant preservation effort in the East Village was sparked by this building being saved from destruction in the 1970s. The project is noted for its exterior rehabilitation, key location in the neighborhood, and impact on the streetscape and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

William J. Wagner Award. This award recognizes the historic preservation project which best exemplified the use of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings.
Julien Motor Inn, 200 Main Street, Dubuque, Dubuque County; owned by Anthony Pfohl. Built in 1913, the Julien is a contributing structure in the Old Main Historic District. This rehabilitation project exemplifies not only a significant financial commitment, but also as an important statement for a hotel to remain in downtown Dubuque. It is an outstanding example of interior and exterior rehabilitation of significant architectural features, and a very sensitive adaptation of the historic hotel to meet modern travelers’ needs.

The Loren Horton Community History Award recognizes the best project that increases the awareness of and participation in Iowa history on a local level.

Terry Thies, a native of Ashton, Osceola County, Iowa, returned from his California home each summer for the past 10 years to volunteer at the De Boer Grocery Museum. Thies took on a project to preserve and digitize all of the graduation photos from the two high schools that existed in Ashton from 1887 to the 1960s. Thies created the Media Locker at the museum where this collection can be accessed. This type of effort epitomizes the nature of the Loren Horton Community History Award.

The Petersen/Harlan Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has made significant long-term or continuing contributions to Iowa history.

Chuck Offenburger, a former reporter for The Des Moines Register, spent 21 years writing about Iowa, Iowans, and documenting the special sites and people of the state. Those writings, preserved in The Register archives, will be of interest to current and future historians. He was co-founder of The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) and is the author of several books including “Babe: An Iowa Legend (1989),” “Iowa: A Photographic Celebration (1990),” “Ah, You Iowans!: At Home, At Work, At Play, At War (1992),” “E. Wayne Cooley and the Iowa Girl: A Celebration of the Nation’s Best High School Girls Sports Program (2002),” “Bernie Saggau & the Iowa Boy: The Centennial History of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (2005),” and “Gary Thompson: All American.”

This award recognizes the most significant book published on Iowa history during the previous calendar year.

2010 Award Recipient
Grant Wood: A Life” by R. Tripp Evans

Certificate of Merit Recipients
“The Murals of Iowa, 1886-2006” by Gregg Narber
“The Iowa Caucuses” by John Skipper

This award recognizes the author of the most significant article on an Iowa history topic published in a popular history periodical during the previous calendar year. It is named in honor of Iowa reporter and popular historian George Mills and Iowa historian and philanthropist Louise Noun.

Award Recipient
“Iowa Incendiary” Iowa Heritage Illustrated

Certificate of Merit Recipients
“Self Governance” in The Grinnell magazine
Edward and Minne Allen” Iowa Heritage Illustrated


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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