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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release: August 21, 2013

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

DCA awards nearly $642,000 in REAP/HRDP grants

Historic preservation, museum, documentary collections and country school projects

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has awarded 35 REAP/HRDP grants totaling $641,814 to organizations and individuals across the state for historic preservation, museum and documentary collections projects, and for country school projects.

The State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of DCA, administers the Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP), which 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 grants announced today include $633,852 for 32 historic preservation, museum and documentary collections projects, and $7,962 for three preservation projects of one-room or two-room buildings once used as country schools in Iowa. The grant awards require matching funds.

The list of 2014 REAP/HRDP grant awards by category follows:

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

Category: Documentary Collections

Black Hawk
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls
The Postville Project: Documenting a Community in Transition (Continuing Phase #2)
The Postville Project archives and makes accessible interdisciplinary materials to provide social, cultural and economic context to the May 2008 Postville immigration raid and the larger Postville story of rapid demographic and cultural change during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Buena Vista
Buena Vista University Library
Storm Lake
Preservation of Buena Vista University Historic Documents
This project aims to archive a portion of BVU’s historic paper documents. Work will include surveying, inventorying, arranging, describing and re-housing several collections in the newly established BVU Archives, with the ultimate goal of making these hidden collections accessible.

City of Granger
Historic Documents Preservation
This project will digitize/microfiche old ledgers and documents to suit staff and public needs. It will also allow the purchase of archival storage supplies so old documents can be stored for safety and longevity reasons.

City of Dubuque
Digitization of City of Dubuque Directories into Searchable (OCR) PDFs available on CD and Website.
This project supports the digital preservation and aims to improve accessibility of the City of Dubuque Directories from 1856-1991. These directories will be converted to searchable (OCR) PDFs that will be made accessible to the public.

Dubuque County Historical Society
Preliminary Inventory and Assessment of the Collection of the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works
Through this project, the Dubuque County Historical Society will inventory, assess and describe the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works Collection and, if time permits, the William J. Petersen Collection, the next step in the Historical Society’s archival collection plan.

Upper Iowa University – Henderson-Wilder Library
Microfilming, Digitization and Preserving UIU's student newspaper – The Collegian
This project will fund preservation-quality microfilm and the digitization of Upper Iowa University student newspaper – The Collegian. This heavily used resource will be preserved and accessible online. The original print copies will be placed in archival quality boxes.

Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council
Creating Public Accessibility to the Minutes of the Communal Amana Society (1855-1932)
This project will make the minutes of the governing body of the Amana Society (1855-1932) available to the public for the first time. Not only have these minutes been restricted to researchers, but they are also written in archaic German Kurrentschritt (script). This project will involve digital scanning of all the minutes and the summary translation of minutes from 1855 through the end of the Amana communal period in 1932.

Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium
Iowa City
Iowa Cultural Collections Emergency Response Team Establishment and Training
ICPC requests funding to establish and train a statewide emergency response team to assist with disasters to cultural collections.

City of Marion
Marion Historic Records Preservation – Phase II
The purpose of this project is to preserve, through microfilming, a second set of Marion's collection of official city records dated 1941-1970. The project will also include digitization, making the records accessible 24/7 via the Internet.

Figge Art Museum
Grant Wood Archive Preservation Project
The grant will support conservation for four of the 18 scrapbooks from the Figge’s Grant Wood Archive. The scrapbooks, originally compiled by the artist’s sister, Nan Wood Graham, contain resources for the public, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs and ephemera on the life of the artist.

Luise V. Hanson Library Waldorf College
Forest City
Organization and Preservation of Waldorf College Archive
The Luise V. Hanson Library will undertake a project to preserve, organize and arrange the Waldorf College Archives, with the goal of producing indexes and finding aids to make this historic collection accessible to the public.


Category: Historic Preservation

Friends of Cedar Rock
Cedar Rock Boat House
Provide financial assistance for the restoration of masonry walls and roofs of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Cedar Rock Boat House near Quasqueton, Iowa.

Clayton County
Clayton County Courthouse Clock Tower
This project will help Clayton County secure a Master Plan for restoration and preservation of its historic Courthouse Clock Tower. It will help the county restore and conserve the E. Howard #1 striker tower clock, upgrade electrical, and complete exterior painting to prevent impending damage.

Des Moines
City of Burlington – Historic Preservation Commission
Nomination of Downtown Commercial Historic District in Burlington to the NRHP
This project will nominate the Downtown Commercial Historic District in Burlington to the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Clermont
Burkhard Riegel Blacksmith Shop Restoration: Electrical Renovation
This project will update dangerous, outdated wiring while leaving historic wiring in place. These improvements will ensure a valuable historic resource will be preserved, enhance the visitor experience through improved site interaction, and increase energy efficiency.

Hampton Historic Preservation Commission
Exterior Restoration of GAR Memorial Hall
This project will address deterioration issues with exterior masonry brick and stone cleaning and restoration; and installation of new gutters and downspouts.

Fremont & Mills
Tabor Historical Society
Preservation of the Reverend John Todd House
This project encompasses the first two phases of preservation of the Todd House as recommended through a recently completed Historic Structure Report. These two phases address issues with the east and north porches and with the building's foundation.

Mt. Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission
Mt. Pleasant
2nd Baptist Church Nomination
The 2nd Baptist Church is the oldest building in Mt. Pleasant (1843) and is considered the oldest African-American church building in Iowa.

Jones County Conservation Board
Center Junction
Eby's Mill Wildlife Area – Archaeological Research Project
Archaeological survey at Eby's Mill Wildlife Area will identify sites and aid in property management. A looted prehistoric rock shelter site will be rehabilitated through spoil pile screening and partial archaeological excavation, and the original cave contours will be re-established.

Linn County
Sumner School (aka Abbe Creek School) Museum Preservation
The Sumner School Museum project involves preservation and repair work to restore and preserve the historic school located near Mt. Vernon. The school is believed to be the oldest standing brick schoolhouse in Iowa and is utilized as a museum and educational venue.

Lucas County Preservation Alliance
Hotel Charitone Rehabilitation
Historic rehabilitation of the Hotel Charitone into rental housing and a restaurant. The four-story Hotel Charitone, located on the Chariton town square, was designed by William L. Perkins, architect of many of Chariton’s historic buildings, and first opened its doors in November 1923.

Friends of Muscatine Historic Preservation
The Rescue of the J.J. Shafnet House
The Friends of Muscatine Historic Preservation (FMHP) proposes to stabilize the house by cleaning and reusing existing brick to reconstruct the building's foundation. Once stabilized, the FMHP and the owners will submit a historic tax credit application for additional restoration work.

First United Methodist Church
Des Moines
South Entry Terrace Retaining Wall
Salvage existing stone and balustrade; replace 1909 retaining wall with matching architectural concrete wall; reset salvaged stone and balustrade.

Pottawattamie County Development Corporation
Council Bluffs
Intensive Level Survey and Evaluation of Downtown Oakland
Grant funding will be used to retain the services of a qualified historic preservation professional to do an intensive-level architectural and historical survey of the downtown commercial district of Oakland.

Fairmount Cemetery Association
Preserving the Fairmount Cemetery Crematorium: A Piece of American and Iowa History
Fairmount Cemetery Association has the oldest crematorium west of the Mississippi River. After 122 years, the crematorium requires renovation to remain a vital part of the community. This project will restore the crematorium to its original glory while repairing deteriorated brick on the exterior.

Preservation Iowa
Educating Iowans about Historic Preservation via Web-Disseminated Digital Media Toolkits
The project involves creating a redesigned Preservation Iowa website, with a graphic interface and streaming media capability, to distribute the project’s second component: educational toolkits with digital videos, study guides and resource lists to teach Iowans about preservation principles and practices.


Category – Museums

Dubuque County Historical Society
Preserving the Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works
The Dubuque County Historical Society will save the Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works in Bellevue (1890-1915). We will document this belt-driven shop through photography and video, and then inventory, assess and research the collection for preservation and exhibition.

Amana Heritage Society
Museum Collection Storage Project
This project will help preserve recently acquired artifacts in the museum collection to ensure future accessibility. We will purchase proper storage boxes, supplies and shelving. A curatorial assistant will work with our museum curator to store the objects.

The Danish Immigrant Museum
Elk Horn
Improving and Expanding Collections Storage
The Danish Immigrant Museum seeks support to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of collection storage and preservation. Project activities include the installation of high-density storage furniture, hiring project staff to process and relocate collections, and environmental upgrades.

Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science
Conservation and Exhibition of Isaac Wetherby Artwork
This project will conserve, research and exhibit two Isaac Wetherby paintings: a campaign banner promoting Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 presidential election and 1864 re-election and an 1854 Native American portrait.

Sanford Museum and Planetarium
Improving Storage of Sanford Museum's Archaeological and Paleontological Collections
The Sanford Museum's large archaeological collection and paleontological collections will be stabilized, re-boxed and moved to a more accessible storage unit for research and exhibits.

Johnson & Louisa
University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
Iowa City & Oakville
Celebrating Survival: Creating the Oakville Archaeological and Historical Museum
The Office of the State Archaeologist and Armadillo Arts will team with the citizens of Oakville to create a celebratory museum exhibition featuring 2008 flood survival, town history and archaeological site 13LA582, the Oak Village site.


Category: Country School Grant Program

Story City Historical Society
Story City
Replace roof, paint siding, repair windows and develop drainage at 1860 Sheldall Country School. Wood shingles and underlay will be applied to the roof; windows will be repaired and siding will be prepared and painted. A swale will be formed to improve drainage on north side.

Louise Gately
West Des Moines
Bennett School Restoration
Prepare the exterior cedar surface of the schoolhouse where the paint is peeling and prime and repaint the entire exterior of the building. Also repair the cement in the front and on the rear exterior stairway of the building to properly support the safety railings.

Lucas County Historical Society
Floor Leveling of the Puckerbrush Country School House
The grant will support exterior excavation to gain access to a crawl space under the foundation for modification and/or change of deteriorated joists responsible for sagging floor.

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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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