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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 25, 2005

UI Office Of State Archaeologist Wins Grant For Traveling Exhibit

The University of Iowa-Office of the State Archaeologist (UI-OSA) has won a $7,580 grant to create and prepare a "teaching trunk" and traveling exhibit, "Snapshot in Sepia: The Archaeology of a Pioneer Farming Community and Early Dairying in Eastern Iowa."

The grant from Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will allow the UI-OSA to share its discoveries from five mid- to late-19th century sites in Jones County, collectively knows as "Bowen's Prairie." The trunk and exhibit, available for loan to schools, museums and interpretive centers, will tell the story of pioneer farming and early dairying as seen in the historic archaeology at the Bowen's Prairie sites.

SSNHA awards grants to help sites, communities and organizations tell the story of American agriculture in northeastern Iowa. SSNHA is one of 27 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities-past and present.

A research unit at the UI, the Office of the State Archaeologist coordinates public involvement in archaeology statewide through a variety of services and resources including publications, workshops, tours, field opportunities, school and public presentations, and annual Iowa Archaeology Month. The office also maintains a database of more than 21,000 archaeological sites in Iowa with related photos and research material, and curates collections from over 14,000 sites. For more information contact Lynn M. Alex, 319-384-0561 or lynn-alex@uiowa.edu

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Lynn M. Alex, 319-384-0561, lynn-alex@uiowa.edu