“Hollywood in the Heartland” Awarded Preserve America Grant

State Historical Society partners with IHPA for Statewide Inventory of Historic Movie Theatres

Posted by SHPO on April 30th, 2008 12:28 pm

The State Historic Preservation Office has received a $45,300 Preserve America grant award to help document Iowa’s historical connections to Hollywood and the movie industry. The project, “Hollywood in the Heartland,” is a multi-year, multi-phase project focusing primarily on properties built for or associated with the movies before 1970. The Preserve America grant will allow SHPO staff to engage the public in Iowa’s movie legacy through several heritage tourism activities designed to stimulate interest in this aspect of the state’s history.

IHPA is a partner in the project, donating volunteer webmaster time and space on the IHPA website. Be sure to keep an eye on the Movie Theatres page for updates in the coming months! Other partners include Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Tourism Office.

For more on the project, read “Spot on SHPO” in IHPA’s Fall 2007 Newsletter.

To find out more, go to: www.iowahistory.org