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Great Places Update: Dysart Agricultural Museum and Interpretive Center breaks ground

Congratulations to the Dysart Historical Society for breaking ground Sunday Oct. 10, 2010 on the Dysart Historical Museum Campus. The immediate direct financial investment into the economy is estimated to be $95,000 with $75,000 successfully raised from a wide range of entities including Iowa Great Places, Mansfield Foundation, Tama County Community Foundation, Dysart Foundation, City of Dysart and various individuals.

The museum will be located inside the Federal Agricultural Heritage District called Silo’s and Smokestacks charged with the responsibly of educating, celebrating and preserving the American agricultural history. The new proposed 24 x 48 foot building is to house and display agricultural museum items. It will also serve as an interpretive center in which to share the role of agriculture and its impact on society, the environment, the economy and world health. Construction is expected to start within two weeks. Goal completion date is before June 30, 2011. The grand opening is slated to be Spring of 2011.


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  • Dysart Agriculture Museum and Interpretive Center, 2011
  • Wieting Opera House Grand Opening, 2012 (on its 100 year anniversary)
  • Otter Creek Lake and Park Museum Grand Opening, 2013
  • Meskwaki Cultural Center and Museum Grand Opening, 2013

Photo: Don Lyons (Mayor of Dysart and Tama County Economic Development), Francis Boggus (Iowa Great Places Coordinator), Deb Ewoldt (President of Dysart Historical Society), Lance Horbach (State Representative)
Out of view: Catharine Wieck (Project Manager), Ann Annis (Co-Grant writer), Dwayne Luze (Dysart Development Corp and Tama County Economic Development), Lee Stumme (Building Designer), Dan Hatch (General Contractor),  Rick Krug (Dysart Community Foundation and Tama County Community Foundation), Candy Streed (Silos and Smokestacks Program Coordinator), Larry Vest (Tama County Board of Supervisors and Tama County Economic Development), Ellen Young (Tama County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tama County Economic Development), Lindi Roelofse (Tama County Economic Development) and Chase and Gage Wilson (the future of agriculture). Estimated crowd included over 60 persons.


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