Article II of Preservation Iowa's Articles of Incorporation reads in part:
"The specific purposes for which the corporation is organized [includes] to educate public and private policymakers who affect historic preservation issues at the national, state and local levels."
Advocacy is a very important part of historic preservation. Preservation Iowa is at the forefront of advocating for our irreplaceable historic resources. Our recent successes and ongoing advocacy work include:
Too often, members of a community feel helpless when historic resources of local, state, and national significance are threatened. Preservation Iowa wants to give you the voice and support you need to save these historic places. In recent years, we have found that the best way to save endangered historic places is to make people with the power to preserve them understand what makes the resource signifant. The Rath Administration building in Waterloo, the Williges Building in Sioux City, the Wetherby Cottage in Iowa City, and the Henshie-Briggs Row House in Des Moines all have a chance for new life because passionate preservationists voiced their concern against demolition. We believe it's time for members of the state to join together to preserve historic buildings and sites. So be sure to review our Take Action! page for the latest preservation concern that needs your voice. Together, we can save Iowa's past for future generations.
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
300 E. Locust, Ste. 320
Des Moines, IA 50309
501 Sycamore St., Ste. 623
Waterloo, IA 50703
40 Pearl St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
1421 South Bell Ave., Ste. 108A
Ames, IA 50010
150 1st Avenue NE, Ste. 375
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Preservation Iowa works to educate its membership and other concerned citizens about legislation in Congress and preservation issues across the country. As part of that effort, we write letters to Iowa's representatives and senators in Washington D.C. to alert them to our concerns. We also support the efforts of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and many other national and international preservation groups.
Preservation Iowa supports state efforts to protect Iowa's historic places, including the State Historical Society of Iowa and its grant programs. In recent years, Preservation Iowa has also supported the adoption of a historic building code, improvements to the state historic preservation tax credit program, and increased funding for REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection), especially as it relates to historic resources.
Contact your state representative:
Contact Iowa's governor:
Preservation Iowa strives to educate Iowa's citizens and Iowa's county and local governments about the benefits of historic preservation. We write letters of support and newspaper editorials when asked upon to support local preservation efforts. If you need a letter of support, please contact us at email@example.com.