Governor Culver, Lt. Governor Judge Announce More Than $600,000 in Historic Preservation Grants

Thirty-five documentary collections, historic preservation, museum and country school projects funded

Posted on July 18th, 2010 3:46 pm

July 15, 2010
Jeff Morgan, Dept. of Cultural Affairs
(515) 281.3858

Polly Carver-Kimm, Governor’s Office
(515) 281.0173

DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge today announced $609,585 in grants are being awarded to Iowa organizations and individuals for 35 documentary collections, historic preservation, museum and country school projects.

“These grants support local governments, organizations and individuals as they continue working to preserve and interpret Iowa’s historical resources,” Culver said. “History educates us about the past and informs the decisions we make today. I am pleased we can support efforts to preserve our state’s history.”

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) awarded the grants through the Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP), which is funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) passed by the Iowa General Assembly in 1989.

HRDP/REAP provides grants to preserve, conserve, interpret and educate the public about Iowa’s historical resources, including one-room or two-room buildings once used as country schools in Iowa.

Following is the list of 2011 HRDP documentary collections, historic preservation, museum and country school grants announced today:

Category: Documentary Collections

Linn County
(Recipient) African American Heritage Foundation, Inc.
(Project) Digitizing Iowa’s African American History
(Description) In an effort to preserve the collection and to ensure access, the museum will embark upon digitizing its collection of historical photographs and documents.
(Grant amount) $4,301

Linn County
(Recipient) City of Marion
(Project) Marion Historic Records Preservation
(Description) Preserve through microfilming the city’s earliest collections of official city records dating back to 1865, and making them accessible to the public through digitization.
(Grant amount) $9,013

Mills County
(Recipient) Malvern Public Library
(Project) Development of Local History Archive
(Description) Creation of space in a climate-controlled room to archive and store “Malvern Leader” newspaper documents and the personal collection of F.A. Wortman and other historical resources.
(Grant amount) $4,032

Polk County
(Recipient) Polk County Recorder’s Office
(Project) Polk County Recorder’s Document Project
(Description) Preserving through microfilming and digitization valuable land/deed records dating to 1900.
(Grant amount) $30,000

Polk County
(Recipient) Iowa Department for the Blind
(Project) History of Blindness in Iowa
(Description) Grant funding will be used to collect personal histories of blind Iowans and to collect and catalog related historical objects. Stories will be compiled through oral histories and solicitation of written memories.
(Grant amount) $23,370

(Recipient) GIS Section, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
(Project) Historic Aerial Photography Project – 1970s
(Description) The project goal is to collect, scan and geographically align historic aerial photos for use in a digital context. This view of Iowa from the 1970s continues the work done on the 1930s, 1950s, and 1960s aerial photos.
(Grant amount) $35,973

Category: Historic Preservation

Adair County
(Recipient) E.E. Warren Opera House Association
(Project) Hetherington Building Façade Restoration
(Description) The Hetherington Building façade will undergo a major restoration effort including: removal of 1973 storefront; tuck pointing; repair/replacement of copper trim; and repair of copper and mortar on parapet.
(Grant amount) $35,000

Cerro Gordo County
(Recipient) City of Mason City
(Project) East Park Band Shell Historic Rehabilitation
(Description) A phased construction project to restore and rehabilitate the 1924 East Park Band Shell, a National Register property that has provided the community a venue for musical events for 86 continuous years.
(Grant amount) $50,000

Davis County
(Recipient) Davis County Courthouse Preservation Fund
(Project) East and North Courthouse Façade Window Restoration
(Description) This project is a continuation of courthouse window repair and restoration. This phase provides funding to restore windows of the north and east courthouse façade.
(Grant amount) $87,800

Des Moines County
(Recipient) Des Moines County Historical Society
(Project) Phelps House Museum Repairs – Phase Three – South Side
(Description) Remove failed mortar joints, re-tuck point; restore built-in gutters and rebuild structural supports; re-shingle between gutters and upper main roof; reglaze window and paint storms and sash; replace soffit boards and decking.
(Grant amount) $17,532

Franklin County
(Recipient) Franklin County Historical Society
(Project) Restoration of the Stone Foundation on the Harriman-Nielsen Historic House
(Description) Funding will be used to excavate, clean and restore the stone foundation above and below grade, and return the area surrounding the house to correct slope and install improved drainage.
(Grant amount) $10,383

Fremont County
(Recipient) Tabor Congregational United Church of Christ
(Project) Nomination of the Congregational Church in Tabor to the National Register of Historic Places
(Description) The project includes hiring a consultant to develop, prepare and submit a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places for the Congregational Church in Tabor.
(Grant amount) $3,500

Johnson County
(Recipient) Old Brick Foundation
(Project) Repair of Old Brick’s Stained Glass Windows
(Description) Rehabilitate the four-panel stained glass window above Old Brick’s front entrance.
(Grant amount) $13,923

Johnson County
(Recipient) The University of Iowa – Office of the State Archaeologist
(Project) Archaeological Study of Iowaville, a 1765-1820s Ioway Village
(Description) Archaeological methods will assess the extent of an historic Ioway Indian village known as “Iowaville.” Site boundaries will be refined, integrity assessed and a site management plan will be created.
(Grant amount) $28,464

Keokuk County
(Recipient) Saints Peter and Paul Clear Creek Heritage Association
(Project) Steeple Repair
(Description) Replace roof to fix leaks that are damaging the interior of the church.
(Grant amount) $19,062

Mills County
(Recipient) Golden Hills Resource Conservation & Development
(Project) Archaeological Survey for the Glenwood Resource Center State Preserve
(Description) This project will be an extensive archaeological survey of the recently designated Glenwood Resource Center Preserve.
(Grant amount) $50,500

Muscatine County
(Recipient) City of Muscatine (Muscatine Historic Preservation Commission)
(Project) Alexander G. Clark National Historic Landmark Nomination
(Description) The city proposes to recognize the Alexander G. Clark House as a national landmark in honor of one of Iowa’s leading 19th century African American citizens.
(Grant amount) $10,500

Polk County
(Recipient) Iowa Department for the Blind
(Project) History of Blindness in Iowa
(Description) This project will fund the completion of an application to place the Iowa Department for the Blind’s building on the National Register of Historical Places.
(Grant amount) $14,379

Poweshiek County
(Recipient) Poweshiek County Historical and Genealogical Society
(Project) National Register of Historic Places Nomination for Historic District in Downtown Montezuma
(Description) To retain the services of a qualified historic preservation professional for the purpose of research and preparation of a National Register nomination for a historic district in downtown Montezuma.
(Grant amount) $10,350

Washington County
(Recipient) City of Washington Historic Preservation Commission
(Project) Repairing the Alexander Young Log House
(Description) Repairs to the Alexander Young log house, including the support system and staircase, damaged exterior logs, alterations to the grade and new drains, foundation ventilation system, flashing and windows
(Grant amount) $8,515

Category: Museums

Jones County
(Recipient) National Motorcycle Museum
(Project) Gasoline Service Stations: Their Contributions to Iowa Transportation, Economy & Culture
(Description) Grant funds will be used to design and construct an interpretive exhibit around an original steel/glass gas service station to its original condition.
(Grant amount) $13,500

Linn County
(Recipient) African American Heritage Foundation, Inc.
(Project) Unconditional Loyalty: The Service of African Americans in the Military
(Description) The museum will open a new exhibit about African American military involvement from pre-Civil War to current conflicts.
(Grant amount) $7,818

Linn County
(Recipient) Linn County Historical Society/Carl and Mary Koehler History Center
(Project) Cases for the Changing Gallery of the Linn County Historical Society/Carl and Mary Koehler History Center
(Description) The History Center seeks funding to purchase three archival cases for its gallery.
(Grant amount) $7,240

Linn County
(Recipient) National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
(Project) Conserving NCSML Textiles Damage in 2008 Flood
(Description) Nearly half of the NCSML collection is made up of textiles. The items were heavily damaged during the 2008 floods. The damaged collection must be conserved if the NCSML is to continue to serve scholars and visitors with access to authentic textiles.
(Grant amount) $12,093

Montgomery County
(Recipient) Montgomery County History Center
(Project) Military History of Montgomery County and Southwest Iowa
(Description) Project is to expand and develop a larger and better display of military history and items and to improve storage of collections.
(Grant amount) $16,500

Scott County
(Recipient) Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science Discovery Center
(Project) Develop and Install the Davenport Trading Post
(Description) This project will develop the Davenport Trading Post Discovery Center, a hands-on learning and activity center, to enhance the visitor’s understand of interactions between Iowa’s Native American and Euro American settlers in the early 1800s.
(Grant amount) $25,000

Shelby County
(Recipient) The Danish Immigrant Museum
(Project) Textile Cataloging, Re-housing and Digitization Project
(Description) The museum’s textile collection, numbering 2,000 artifacts, will be fully cataloged, assessed for condition issues, digitally photographed, and re-packed in new acid-free tissue and appropriate boxes.
(Grant amount) $13,562

Tama County
(Recipient) Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
(Project) Preserving Meskwaki Cultural Resources
(Description) New interpretive exhibits will be created, and grant funds will be used for new display cases, storage boxes and preservation supplies to care for artifacts.
(Grant amount) $12,611

Webster County
(Recipient) City of Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission
(Project) Commemorating and Interpreting the Fort Dodge Military Post
(Description) A site will be created using an existing DAR memorial plaque (1928) and the creation of an outdoor interpretive display panel. An interpretive pamphlet describing the post and its history will also be published.
(Grant amount) $3,000

Woodbury County
(Recipient) Sioux City Public Museum/Siouxland Heritage Foundation
(Project) Display Cases for Temporary Exhibits
(Description) The grant is to purchase new display cases for temporary exhibits that showcase the artifacts and collections owned by the Sioux City Public Museum.
(Grant amount) $7,186

Category: Country Schools

Boone County
(Recipient) DeShon Chapter – Daughters of the American Revolution
(Project) Cole School Restoration Project
(Description) Restoration of Cole School as a museum for students and visitors to experience a rural one-room education.
(Grant amount) $5,000

Des Moines County
(Recipient) Prairie Grove Cemetery Board
(Project) Prairie Grove School Masonry Repair
(Description) Repair the mortar between the sandstone on the outside walls of the school building to prevent further deterioration.
(Grant amount) $5,000

Lee County
(Recipient) Village of Franklin
(Project) Franklin Independent School
(Description) Funding to help stabilize and preserve historic two-room limestone schoolhouse.
(Grant amount) $5,000

Van Buren County
(Recipient) Villages Folk School
(Project) Morris Park-East Union School
(Description) Refurbish the interior of the schoolhouse with paint, wallpaper, flooring and light fixtures. Excavate the dirt from the vestibule foundation to create an ADA accessible patio.
(Grant amount) $4,478

Wright County
(Recipient) Larry Turner
(Project) Wisner Township School #5 Preservation Project
(Description) Relocate Wisner Township Schoolhouse #5.
(Grant amount) $5,000


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at

To find out more, go to: