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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release August 23, 2011

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

SHSI awards more than $480,000 in REAP/HRDP grants

Historic preservation, museum, documentary collections and country school projects

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced it awarded 29 REAP/HRDP grants totaling $480,258 to organizations and individuals across the state for historic preservation, museum and documentary collections projects, and for country school projects.

The Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP) is funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP), passed by the Iowa General Assembly in 1989.

Through REAP, local government units, various organizations and private individuals can receive funding for eligible projects. REAP/HRDP provides grants to preserve, conserve, interpret and educate the public about historical resources. The grant awards announced today require organizations to supply matching funds.

SHSI awarded 26 HRDP/REAP grants totaling $474,962 for historic preservation, museum and documentary collections projects. It also awarded three HRDP/Country School Grants totaling $5,296 for the preservation of one-room or two-room buildings once used as country schools in Iowa.

The list of 2012 REAP/HRDP and Country School grant awards follows:

(Organization or Individual)
(Project Description)
(Grant Amount)

Documentary Collections
Dallas County
City of Waukee Public Library
McKinlee Gibson
Waukee Local History Preservation Project
This grant is for a local history preservation project to digitize, preserve, and make accessible many donated items relating to the Shuler Mine Community. Oral histories are also a component of this project.

Dubuque County
Loras College, Center for Dubuque History
Michael D. Gibson
Dubuque at Work: A 1912 Camera View
This project is to make better quality prints of 423 glass plate negatives taken in 1912. The originals also need to be scanned, catalogued, and made available through the Iowa Digital Heritage Project, and the original glass plates stored and preserved.

Fayette County
Hub City Heritage Corporation Railroad Museum
Ruby Campbell
Photograph Preservation Project
To scan and make prints of the museum's photographic collection for display purposes in order to preserve the originals in a secure environment. Digital copies will be maintained for use in education, fundraising and replacement prints.

Jones County
Jones County Genealogical Society
Jim Christianson
Jones County Microfilm and Digitization Project Microfilm the Anamosa Journal Eureka (June 4, 2004-Sept. 30, 2010) and digitize the Anamosa, Cascade, Wyoming and Olin newspapers which have been microfilmed previously and put on a website for all to use.

Mills County
Silver City Historical Society
Lenora Stogdill
Silver City Times Microfilming and Scanning Microfilming and scanning of Silver City Times from 1897-1900 and 1910-1938.

Polk County
Iowa Public Broadcasting Board
Laurel Burgmaier
Sidey Photograph Collection
This project will digitize, catalog and archive a collection of photographic negatives taken by the Sidey family, owners of the Adair County Free Press in Greenfield.

Winneshiek County
Luther College
Rachel Vagts
The Postville Project: Documenting a Community in Transition – Phase 2
This grant will support the second phase of The Postville Project. The second phase will focus on hiring project staff to continue to drive the project forward and to coordinate the inclusion of digital materials in the online collection.

Woodbury County
Sioux City Public Museum
Thomas Munson
Architectural Drawing Flattening Project
The project is to flatten and catalog at least 100 sets of architectural drawings. These drawings represent aspects of the architectural and cultural heritage of the Sioux City region and are an important resource to the community and

Woodbury County
Morningside College – Hickman Johnson Furrow Learning Center Christie Vos
Preserving, Microfilming, and Digitizing the Collegian Reporter
This project will fund preservation quality microfilm and digitization of the Morningside College newspaper, the Collegian Reporter. The newspaper will be accessible on-line and the original copies will be place in archival quality folders and boxes.

Historic Preservation
Carroll County
Manning Community Foundation
Freda Dammann
Buy Back the Leet/Hassler Farm Site The Community Foundation is in the process of raising $475,000 to purchase the Leet/Hassler farm site and the Hausbarn back from the bank in order to save the properties.

Des Moines County
Des Moines County Historical Society
Jim Hunt
Phelps House Museum - West Façade - Phase 4
Re-point failing mortar joints in both brick and the limestone foundation; re-glaze windows; repair/replace wood gutters; replace shingles and install felt ice/water dame seal; prime and paint soffit fascia boards, wood façade, and west façade of house.

Linn County
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Bethel AME Church)
Julie Mitchell
Bethel AME Church National Register Nomination
The applicant seeks funding to hire a professional historian to complete a National Register of Historic Places nomination of the historic church building.

Linn County
Brucemore, Inc.
Maura Pilcher
Lord & Burnham Greenhouse Rehabilitation
Brucemore will restore the historic Lord and Burnham Greenhouse to the interpretive period of 1915-1925. The rehabilitation project will provide rich opportunities for the public to experience the asset, a sustainable learning center for the community.

Montgomery County
Grant Community Preservationists
Cherie Miner
Grant Masonic Lodge Restoration Phase II
This grant would help GCP complete exterior restoration and site work on the Grant Masonic Lodge Building to protect this historic building and make it accessible for further restoration and use as a community center.

Polk County
City of Des Moines – North of Grand Neighborhood Association
Kyle Larson or Kimberly Hansen
Greenwood Park Plat Intensive Survey
An intensive survey of the Greenwood Park Plat will be conducted by a qualified architectural historian and volunteers to research a National Register nomination for a historic district in portions of the Greenwood Park Plat in Des Moines.

Polk County
Living History Farms Foundation
Jim Dietz-Kilen
Masonry Repair and Replacement Work at the Flynn Mansion
This project involves masonry restoration at the 1870 Flynn Mansion, a National Register of Historic Places building at Living History Farms.

Scott County
David L. Cordes
David L. Cordes
Auto House Foundation Stabilization – Louis P. & Clara K. Best Residence and Auto House Provide additional tieback anchor reinforcement to the sheet pile wall adjacent to auto house foundation to stabilize the auto house foundation and prevent further movement of the foundation and building structure.

Washington County
City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission
Mary Patterson
National Register Nomination for Downtown Washington
The Downtown Washington Historic District will be researched and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

Woodbury County
Glendale Community Baptist Church for the benefit of Iglesia Ciudad Cristiana
Paul Barnes
Iglesia Ciudad Cristiana
Improvements on building, including roof repair.

Cerro Gordo County
Charles H. MacNider Museum
Edith Blanchard
Baird Puppet Archival Packaging and Documenting Project The Museum will remove the Baird puppets from non-archival packaging and photo document, update their collection record, and place them in proper archival safe packaging with adequate supports. The new data will then be entered into the database.

Jefferson County
Maasdam Barn Preservation Committee
Richard Reed
Maasdam Barns Historic Site Barn Exhibits
Grant funds will be used to complete the final phase of historical interpretation exhibit design, development and installation at the historic Maasdam Farmstead. Interpretation will focus on the important role of draft horses in the 19th/20th centuries.

Johnson County
Johnson County Historical Society
Leigh Ann Randak
Re-Housing of Historic Materials Displaced by 2008 Flood
This project will move historic materials displaced by the 2008 flood from off-site storage to the JCHS museum. Shelving and other needed supplies will be purchased to replace shelving lost during the flood. Materials will also be inventoried and organized.

Linn County
African American Heritage Foundation, Inc
Benjamin Hoover
The Only One
The Museum will open a two-part exhibition to be hosted at two separate locations simultaneously. This social history exhibit will preserve and share the experiences of Iowa's minorities and challenge visitors to examine what it means to “The Only One.”

Linn County
Linn County Historical Society / Carl & Mary Koehler History Center
Melanie Alexander
Revising the Industry Section of the History Center's Permanent Exhibit
The History Center plans to revise the industrial section of its permanent exhibit by redoing the graphics, rotating in new artifacts and adding a touch screen to the exhibit that documents all the collection items related to industry in Linn County.

Polk County
Iowa Jewish Historical Society/Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
Sandi Yoder
Inventory and Cataloguing of Society Collections
Funding will be used to do a complete inventory of the Society's entire collection of 5,000-7,500 objects. Materials will be housed or re-housed in proper storage containers and access will be provided through the Society’s website.

Shelby County
The Danish Immigrant Museum
Angela Stanford
The Danish Immigrant Museum: Cataloging and Inventory Completion
The long-term cataloging and inventory project will be completed. All artifacts will be fully cataloged, assessed for condition issues and digitized. All data will be added to the collections database and will be accessible to staff and members

2012 Country School Grant Awards
Des Moines County
Prairie Grove Cemetery Board
Gary Johnson
Prairie Grove School Masonry Repair
Repair the mortar between the sandstone on the outside walls of the school building to prevent further deterioration.

Linn County
Ushers Ferry Historic Village
Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation
Ann Cejka
College Township Hall/School Storm Window Installation
Ushers Ferry seeks funding to purchase historically correct wooden sash storm windows to protect the original windows of our 1874 College Township Hall, which originally served as a one-room country school for what is now the Prairie Community School District.

Warren County
Hoosier Row Community Center
Judy McClymond
Hoosier Row Bell Tower Restoration
This project is to repair and paint the bell tower of the Hoosier Row country school. It also includes repairs to the ceiling under the bell tower as water has leaked through the bell tower floor.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.
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