SHSI awards more than $121,299 in REAP/HRDP grants
Funding helps local organizations preserve historic documents

For immediate release April 11, 2008


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa announced today it has awarded $121,299 in 2008 REAP/HRDP grants to 15 organizations across the state for the historic preservation of documentary collections.

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. 2008 HRDP grant awards for documentary collections announced today include:

(Grant recipient)
(Project Title)
(Grant Amount)

Black Hawk County
University of Northern Iowa
Preserving the History of Rural Education
This is a project that will consolidate, preserve and make accessible records on more than 12,000 country schools that once dotted Iowa and helped build Iowa’s national reputation for excellence in education.

Carroll County
City of Templeton
Templeton Minute Book Preservation Project
This project involves the microfilming and digital scanning of the City of Templeton’s City Council minute books dating from April 1884 to December 2007. One volume, covering January 1888 through December 1897 is missing.

Chickasaw County
Chickasaw County Historical Society
Organize Books and Documents Into Useable Archival Collection
Organize, catalog and inventory document collection. Purchase archival supplies. Personnel to perform these tasks.

Clayton County
Elkader Historical Society
Preserving Historical Resources: Microfilming Elkader’s History
The Elkader Historical Society will add to their newspaper microfilm collection housed in the Elkader Public Library

Crawford County
Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts
Donna Reed Heritage Museum and Archives
This project will train a cadre of volunteers to arrange, describe and conserve the vast collection of Donna Reed’s personal artifacts, mementos and media bequeathed by her family, as well as provide the required archival storage supplies.

Dubuque County
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque/The Ghost Player Fund
The Historical Video Preservation, Organization and Access of the Iowa Legends: The Ghost Players from the Field of Dreams
The Ghost Player’s video will be edited, archived and preserved as a permanent part of Iowa history. DVDs of the collection will then be available to all Iowa libraries and historical societies.

Franklin County
Franklin County Historical Society
One Family’s Story of Immigration from Denmark to Franklin County, Iowa: Preservation of the Nielsen Family
To inventory and preserve letters, photographs and other materials from 1897 to 1999, chronicling the Nielsen family’s experience as Danish immigrants to Franklin County.

Iowa County
Amana Heritage Society
Historic Photograph Preservation and Management
This project will preserve, store, document and make accessible approximately 1,500 photographic images in our collection; enter photo information in a computer database; and digitize select images.

Johnson County
Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa
Preservation of Iowa’s Archaeological Photographs
The proposal supports the digital preservation of 47,011 original photographs and slides on Iowa archaeology curated in the official State Archaeological Repository. This photographic assemblage records more than 50 years of archaeological exploration in Iowa.

Linn County
Iowa Masonic Library
Processing of the D. Isobel Pirie-Beyea Archival Collection
The purpose of this project is to process the D. Isobel Pirie-Beyea Archival Collection and create a finding aid with a standard internet template. As a result, the collection will be made available to potential researchers.

Polk County
Altoona Area Historical Society
Develop and Implement an Inventory and Preservation System
The scope of the project is to design, develop and implement an inventory and record keeping system for historical documents of the Altoona Area Historical Society.  This will also include training of volunteers to implement the record keeping system.

Polk County
Johnston Historical Society
Microfilming and Digitization of Johnston Newspapers
From its incorporation, over a 37 year period, Johnston has been served by six newspapers. Microfilming will preserve the newspapers. Digitization will allow easy access to the information.

Polk County
Salisbury House Foundation
Preservation and Accessibility of the Salisbury House Foundation’s Historic Document Collection – Phase 1
Improving the conditions in which and under which the historic document collection of Salisbury House is inventoried, housed and accessed, as well as reviewing the condition of the collection for further conservation work.

Wapello County
Wapello County
Preservation of Wapello County Minute Books
Minute books dating back to 1851 have never been microfilmed and many are in fragile condition.

Woodbury County
Sioux City Public Museum
Preserving our Photographic Heritage
This project will preserve the original black and white photographs in the museum by protecting them from harmful handling and exposure. This will be accomplished by completing a database of both information and a scanned image of the photographs.


 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 or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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