SHSI awards nearly $650,000 in REAP/HRDP grants
Historic preservation, museum, documentary collections and country school projects

For immediate release July 17, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) –The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced it awarded 32 REAP/HRDP grants totaling $626,275 to 30 organizations and individuals across the state for historic preservation, museum and documentary collections 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 also awarded five 2009 HRDP/Country School Grants totaling $22,125 for the preservation of one-room or two-room buildings once used as country schools in Iowa.

 The list of 2009 REAP/HRDP and Country School grant awards follows:

Documentary Collections

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

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Jana Barracks
Cerro Gordo County
Bil Baird 16 mm Archival Film Preservation
Preserve for archival and educational purposes 21 original 16 mm films related to the Bil Baird puppet collection.

City of Eldora
Joyce Lawler
Hardin County
Preservation of City Records
Eldora has its history in large books and would like to have them scanned for saving off-site and making them available to the public on its Web site.

African American Museum of Iowa
Susan Kuecker
Linn County
Preserving the History of African American Churches in Iowa
The African American Museum of Iowa is seeking funding to preserve and interpret the history of Iowa’s African American churches.

GIS Section – Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kathryne Clark
Polk County
Historical Aerial Photography Project – 1950s
The project goal is to collect, scan and geographically align historic aerial photos for use in a digital context. This web-based, publicly accessible, historic view of Iowa from the 1950s continues the work done on the 1930s aerial.

The Sioux Center Public Library
Dave Netz
Sioux County
Sioux Center Nieuwsblad and Sioux Center News Microfilm and Digitization Project
To preserve Sioux Center community and area history microfilming and digitizing several volumes, re-filming 14 volumes to make a nearly complete microfilm collection and searchable Web site of the town’s publications.

Historic Preservation

City of La Porte City
Julie Petersen
Black Hawk County
Fire Station and Jail House Rehabilitation
By repairing a leaky roof, interior water damage and faulty wiring, this project will restore a fire station and jailhouse that is currently on the National Register of Historic Places to its former iconic status.

Newell Historical Society
Marilyn Monson
Buena Vista County
Preservation of Newell Allee Mansion
The proposal is to paint the exterior of the 1891 Queen Ann Allee Mansion the 13 colors of an authentic Victorian color scheme. Home to the Newell Historical Society, it is a museum interpreting a Victorian lifestyle and the history of the community.

Doug Schmidt
Terese Jurgensen
Clayton County
Window Restoration/Replacement for the Franklin Hotel
The first phase of the overall project will be to restore the seven windows in the entryway and to replace the modern metal door. The first phase also includes removing the brick from the six ballroom/dining room windows.

Lakeside Preservation LLC
Jeff Friedlein
Clayton County
Lakeside Ballroom Rehabilitation
Install the last section of the roof to prevent further damage to the interior of the building and create a Master Plan for rehabilitation and long term sustainability.

Eldon Historic Preservation Commission/City of Eldon
Brenda Kremer
Davis County
Nomination of the Lockkeeper’s Stone House to the National Register of Historic Places
Funding will be used to complete a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, the first step in the preservation plans for the Lockkeeper’s Stone House – a resource from the des River Navigation Project of the 1840s.

Des Moines County Historical Society
Jim Hunt
Des Moines County
Phelps House Museum Repairs
Scrape, lightly sand, repair, prime and paint roofs; replace hatch to roof access; replace damaged roof vents; scrape, patch and paint six dormers.

Rebecca Anderson       
Rebecca Anderson
Des Moines County
Hedge Building Storefront Rehabilitation
This project will rehabilitate the storefront of the Hedge Building in historic downtown Burlington, Iowa. The new storefront will closely resemble the original storefront of the building in design and material.

City of Charles City      
Tom Brownlow
Floyd County
Restoration of Tile Roof on 1904 Carnegie Library Building
Existing tiles will be removed, new flashing and underlayment will be installed and existing tile replaced. Damaged or broken tiles will be replaced with new or salvage tile matched to the existing.

Amana Colonies Historical Sites Foundation
Laura M. Hoover
Iowa County
East Amana Tagelohner Haus Rehabilitation
Project will help to restore the East Amana Tagelohner Haus and an important part of the Amana Colonies story by replacing a failing roof and restoring the siding to the historic unpainted clapboards.

Amana Heritage Society
Lanny Haldy
Iowa County
School House Museum Roof Repair
This project will re-shingle the roof of the historic School House building in the village of Amana.

City of Iowa City          
Christina Kuecker        
Johnson County
Manville Heights Reconnaissance and Intensive Survey
A reconnaissance survey will be conducted of the entire neighborhood.  Once potentially significant individual properties and any historic or conservation district boundaries are identified, work would move into an intensive survey phase.

Jones County and Dubuque County Conservation Boards
Rose Rohr
Jones County
Lost Canyon and Whitewater Canyon Archaeological Study
This project will use archaeological techniques to identify sites at Lost Canyon and at portions of Whitewater Canyon. Recommendations regarding the NRHP eligibility at each site will be made along with management and future research recommendations.

Sullivan Building Foundation, Inc.           
Sarah Bierstedt
Kossuth County
Interior Restoration of the Algona Land and Loan Office
This project includes restoration of the interior walls by the use of original architectural features. Functional features reminiscent of Sullivan designs will be custom built and installed. Art glass windows and an art glass ceiling will be installed.

Fort Madison Historic Preservation Commission
Loren D. “Andy” Andrews
Lee County
Reconnaissance Level Survey of Original Town, Fort Madison
The Fort Madison Historic Preservation Commission will undertake a reconnaissance level survey of approximately 1150 properties in the “original town” area and develop two related historic contexts.

Brucemore, Inc.
Maura Pilcher
Linn County
Phase II: Exterior Wall & Window Restoration, North Façade
Re-point the west end of the north façade of the mansion and replace damaged bricks as needed. Replace two plate-glass “picture” windows on the elevation with historically accurate double-hung windows. Repair remaining wood windows.

Trinity United Methodist Church
Diane McClanahan
Polk County
Sanctuary Roof Covering Replacement
The project will install a new EPDM Rubber Roof over the sanctuary area of the building. Last winter’s ice damage was patched with a temporary repair and the entire sanctuary roof area needs a new roof covering system replacement.

Princeton Days, Inc.     
Keith Youngers
Scott County
Rehabilitation of the Second Story of the Community Building
To bring the historic stage and dance hall back to the community by performing work necessary to make the second floor compliant with building code requirements; providing year-round use of this unique asset.

City of Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission
Roger Natte
Webster County
Finding Historic Fort Dodge, 1850-1853
This project will use historical, archaeological, and geophysical techniques to attempt to identify the location of Fort Dodge (1850-1853) buildings and to determine if there is a potential for substantial intact deposits related to the fort.

Winneshiek County
Lee Bjerke
Winneshiek County
Relocation of Three Winneshiek County Historic Bridges
This project will save three historic Winneshiek County bridges from demolition and showcase them on the Trout Run Trail.


Johnny Carson Birthplace Society, Inc.
Roger Sorenson
Adams County
Johnny Carson Birthplace Restoration: Phase I
The HRDP funds will be used to hire and contract with a professional architect to aid in the creation of a Master Plan for restoration.

Iowa Lincoln Highway Association
Jeffrey Benson
Greene County
Greene County Lincoln Highway Interpretive Site
The project will complete the interpretive exhibits for a Lincoln Highway site near Grand Junction in Greene County with a unique combination of historic highway and railway routes and bridges.

Amana Heritage Society
Lanny Haldy
Iowa County
Artifact Cataloguing Project
This project will catalogue and incorporate into our collection approximately 1,500 recently acquired artifacts in our historic Blacksmith shop and Cooper shop buildings.

Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa
Stephen C. Lensink
Johnson County
Preservation of the Paul Sagers Archaeological Collection
This project will provide for the curation of nearly 16,000 artifacts contained in the Paul Sagers Archaeological Collection at the official State Archaeological Repository.

African American Museum of Iowa
Susan Kuecker
Linn County
Upgrades to the “Doorways” Exhibit at the African American Museum of Iowa
The African American Museum of Iowa seeks funding to make several upgrades to its exhibit, “Doorways: A History of Iowa’s African Americans,” including adding an exhibit case, adding photographs and increasing the handicapped accessibility by adding a video.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Jason S. Wright
Linn County
Iowa’s Czech Immigrant Experience: Documenting and Disseminating the Stories
The purpose of this project is to preserve, interpret and disseminate this primary source material.

Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center
Joseph Nolte
Polk County
Preserving the Fort Des Moines Collections
The Fort Des Moines Museum will use HRDP funds to create a permanent, professional collections room at the Museum. These funds will assist the Museum in ensuring the long term care of a unique historical collection

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
Chivonne Marlow
Winneshiek County
Vesterheim Cyclical Maintenance Plan and Manual
The museum will contract with Dr. Thomas A. Woods, Ph.D., to develop a cyclical maintenance plan and manual, which will include all of the buildings, structures and grounds on the Vesterheim campus.

2009 Country School Grant Awards

Historic Preservation

Benton County Historical Society – Save Our Country Schoolhouse Committee
Rosemary Schwartz
Benton County
Save Our Country Schoolhouse, Monroe Township #5
This project proposes to move the schoolhouse to a site on Historical Society property; construct a walk-in basement and foundation for the schoolhouse to be placed on; and historically renovate the inside of the classroom.

DeShon Chapter – Daughters of the American Revolution
Barbara J. MacDougall
Boone County
Cole School Restoration Project
Our goal is to restore Cole School, a brick one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1888 and held classes until 1933.

City of Spencer
Delray Bredehoeft
Clay County
Freeman Township Country Schoolhouse Project
Funding needed to complete the repairs and restoration of the one-room country schoolhouse in Clay County.

Lois F. Stork    
Lois F. Stork
Grundy County
Re-shingling Fairfield #5 One-Room Schoolhouse
All existing shingles will be torn off, rotten wood sheeting replaced and new shingles installed on the Fairfield #5 one-room schoolhouse.

Marion County Historical Society          
Janet J. Ritchie
Marion County
Restoration of Little Red Schoolhouse
We plan to replace the existing deteriorated wood siding and to repair windows/sill. We will do this using authentic-looking cedar siding.


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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