Category: News

Register for 2018 Country School Conference

The upcoming 2018 Country School Preservation Conference in Winterset is fast approaching – register now to reserve your seat!  September 28 and 29, 2018. Events Hope to see you there!  

Sheldon Schoolhouse Video

  Ruth Ann Van Donselar attended Baker County School Number 5 in O’Brien County. This school, like many in the state of Iowa in the 1930s and 1940s was an example of Iowa’s unique and successful system of rural township schools. Because this system is long gone, she wanted to make a video about the… Read more »

2018 Martha Hayes Award

Preservation at its Best 2018, Martha Hayes Award: Ruth Ann Van Donselar (Individual), Save Cedar Rapids Heritage (Group) This year, judges selected an individual and group for the Martha Hayes Preservationist of the Year award. Both have tenacity and both are deserving, but each earned this award using different methods.  Individual – Ruth Ann Van Donselar Ruth Ann attended… Read more »

2018 Preservation at Its Best Awards

Preservation Iowa is pleased to announce the 2018 Preservation at Its Best award winners!  A heartfelt thank you goes to each and every person who poured their time, energy, and of course money into bringing a historic Iowa building back from the brink.  This year’s projects represent a broad cross section of uses from around… Read more »

2018 Preservation at its Best Awards Ceremony

2018 Preservation at its Best Awards Ceremony Announcement Join Preservation Iowa and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for a celebratory luncheon highlighting best practices in historic preservation across the state! Recipients of Preservation Iowa’s Preservation at its Best awards and SHPO’s Preservation Projects of Merit awards will be announced and recognized during this ceremony… Read more »

2018 Preservation at Its Best CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Deadline EXTENDED to July 22, 2018! Each year, Preservation Iowa seeks to honor individuals, organizations, projects, and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect, and promote historic resources. Project awards will be presented at the 2018 IEDA… Read more »

Documentary Premier: Iowa State Penitentiary

A new documentary about the oldest prison west of the Mississippi River will have its TV premiere at 8 p.m. Sunday (April 8) on WQPT, the Quad-Cities PBS station, and is available on DVD. Humanities Iowa partnered with Washington, D.C.-based filmmaker Dan Manatt on the hourlong film, “The Fort: 177 Years of Crime & Punishment… Read more »

Endangered: IOOF/Masonic Lodge Hall, Garnavillo

Preservation Iowa’s Most Endangered 2018:  IOOF/Masonic Lodge Hall, Garnavillo (Clayton County) This wood frame, Greek Revival structure was built in 1860 by I.O.O.F Lodge # 29, the first fraternal organization in Clayton County. The second floor of the building was used as a meeting/ceremonial room for the I.O.O.F, Masons and other lodges and the first… Read more »

Endangered: Otto Rudolph Furniture Building, Cherokee

Preservation Iowa’s Most Endangered 2018:  Otto Rudolph Furniture Building, Cherokee (Cherokee County) This two-story wood frame building at 208 W. Main may have been built as early as 1864 and consequently could be the oldest surviving commercial building in Cherokee. It is also one of only two frame buildings in the nationally designated Cherokee Commercial… Read more »

Endangered: Gasser Block 918 Court Ave, Chariton

Preservation Iowa’s Most Endangered 2018:  Gasser Block 918 Court Ave, Chariton (Lucas County) The Gasser Block constructed in 1875 is the oldest building on the south side of Chariton’s square and one of the largest. It also has the distinction of being one of only two 19th century structures on that part of the square… Read more »