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Historic Preservation Update: Is Tama County one of the most historically rich rural counties of Iowa?

Upon news that Tama County was designated as an Iowa Great Place a Meskwaki Tribal Councilman commented: “We knew this was a great place a long time ago, that is why we bought our first 80 acres in 1857.” The early Tama County Czech and German settlers had a very similar opinion as 288 Tama County families have kept their family farms in the family for 100 years or more (a record only surpassed by one county with the most square miles in Iowa (1).
Tama County is also one of a very few rural counties with a Certified Local Government status which means property owners have access to uncommon financial, educational and strategic resources. The Tama County Historic Preservation Commission’s central project for the upcoming year will involve researching and documenting the stories and facts of the 119 significant structures identified to date.

  • Chelsea – 6
  • Clutier – 37
  • Dysart – 14
  • Elberon – 3
  • Garwin – 10
  • Gladbrook – 17
  • Lincoln – 0
  • Montour – 6
  • Tama – 6
  • Toledo – 10
  • Traer – 5
  • Vining – 4
  • Meskwaki Nation – 1

Additional volunteers to support the effort of capturing the history behind these structures are needed. If you have a passion for history, can share stories or interview people, or care about how Tama County’s rich and diverse history can help shape an even better future, please join us.

Agenda includes: site inventories, review grants received, new available grants, workshops, state input needed.
Wed. June 23, 7 p.m.
Reinig Center
1007 Prospect Drive, Toledo, Iowa
Free. Public welcome.

A Historic Metals Workshop by Vern Mesler.  Learn about the history of steel and wrought and cast iron; how to weld historic metals; remove rust and more.  This workshop will be of particular interest to preservationists interested in historic bridges. Sponsor: North Skunk River Greenbelt.
June 29-30, 2010
Montezuma, Iowa
Registration information: Julie Bowers; (641) 260-1262; jbowerz1@gmail.com

Summit includes workshops on upper story development; farmers’ market and local sustainability; marketing; new non-profit tax reporting requirements; retail innovations; creating child friendly districts; fundraising; niche promotions; helping retailers compete; cultural and heritage events; engaging a young workforce; and understanding market analysis. In addition, tours of Davenport’s LEED certified police station, mixed use development, arts and culture venues and neighborhood commercial districts will be offered.
August 24 & 25, 2010
Davenport, Iowa.
Cost: $195-ish?
515-725-3055 or debi.flanders@iowa.gov.
Conference registration will be available July 1st online at www.iowalifechanging.com/register

(1) Source: Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, 2010


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