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Don Short, Executive Director
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Office: 319-234-4567; Cell: 563-920-0955 

Candy Welch Streed, Program and Marketing Director
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Office: 319-234-4567; Cell: 319-404-0115

Oct. 19, 2004 - Waterloo,Iowa

What:     A ceremony will celebrate installation of the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area gateway signs.  Five signs, including the one featured at this event, designate significant travel gateways in Iowa. 

               Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 24 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an “Affiliated Area” of the National Park Service.  It is the only region in the country designated by the National Park Service as America’s Agricultural Heritage Partnership.  Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and present. 

When:    10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 22, 2004

Who:      Expected to attend are Governor Vilsack (speaker), Congressman Leonard Boswell, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge, John Deere Executive David Allbaugh, a representative of the National Park Service-Midwest Region, and Iowa Department of Transportation Director Mark Wandro

Where:   Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale (Living History Farms is a Silos & Smokestacks Partner Site) 

How:      From Interstate 80/35 in Polk County take Exit 125 (Hickman Road/U.S. 6) and head east. The Living History Farms’ Visitor Center is just east of the Interstate, and adjacent to the Comfort Suites and Sleep Inn hotels and the Machine Shed restaurant on the north side of the road. Turn left at the stoplight outside of the hotels, go past the restaurant entrance and follow the signs to the Living History Farms Visitor Center and Iowa Welcome Center.


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