Special Collections and University Archives receives grant from Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) received $6,286 from the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area General Grant Program. This program funds projects dedicated to telling America's agricultural stories.

In 2019, SCUA plans to share local stories by screening archival agricultural films from the collections:

Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm and Birthplace, 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 19518 200th St, Cresco, Iowa, (about 12 miles southwest of Cresco or 5 miles west of Protivin). Two productions will be shown: Norman Borlaug – Revolutionary (1971), a film about the Green Revolution, produced by the National Agricultural Chemicals Association, and Dimension 5: World Food and Hunger with Norman Borlaug, a television panel discussion about pesticides and wheat varieties. The Borlaug Foundation also provided untitled home movie footage from Borlaug’s time in Mexico.

Amana Colonies event will take place on Jun3 20, and the time and place details are still being finalized.
Living History Farms, History Happy Hour, 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, Iowa.

Audiovisual clips include titles such as Landmarks in Iowa History #2: Amana, When We Farmed with Horses, and Norman Borlaug - Revolutionary, as well as news clips that show various agricultural festivals. The film titles included in the program will be digitally scanned and screened at 2k, a process led by Rosie Rowe, the ISU Library audiovisual preservation specialist. The Iowa State University Library purchased new audiovisual (AV) equipment in 2018, which facilitates this mobile theater experience.

This project is inspired by the work of film archivist Jane Paul (1958–2018). Paul spent her career collecting, curating and presenting film content, tailored for regional, and multicultural, New Zealand audiences. 

Contact Rachel Seale for additional programming details.

The Iowa State University Library advances the university’s academic excellence and land-grant mission by collecting and preserving world knowledge for its faculty, staff, students and community; by teaching the information literacy skills that enable researchers at all levels to identify, access and use high-quality information; and by actively participating in the creation, sharing, and application of knowledge, research and creative activity, to energize and empower its users toward creating a vital future for the state of Iowa and the world.

About Special Collections and University Archives: The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and shares documentation of the experiences, achievements, and memories of people and organizations reflecting the university's major research areas, with a special commitment to documenting the history of the university. Supporting the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology and human creativity to work, we strive to enrich learning and encourage investigation. We are an invaluable resource to Iowa State University and the public.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through the development of a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA’s mission is to interpret farm life, agribusiness
and rural communities-past and present. Click HERE to explore the heritage area or to visit one of our sites.