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DCA Awards Nearly $600,000 for Preservation and Community Projects

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced it has awarded $595,922 to 27 historic preservation and country school projects in 22 communities across the state.

Awarded through the Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP) and the Country School Grant Program, the grants cover a wide range of projects.

Local recipients of 2016 HRDP and Country School grants are as follows:

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA receives $920 for preservation and archiving of Dubuque YMCA/YWCA historical documents and items. This year, the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA will be celebrating its 150th year serving the Dubuque area. It has begun to assemble thousands of historical documents, photos, records and other items that provide a history of this organization, the city, and area in general.

The Dubuque County Historical Society receives $48,500 for a project that continues ongoing efforts to restore and protect the wooden walkway that encircles the second deck of the William M. Black.

Dubuque Museum of Art receives $14,500 to conserve and exhibit a set of historic architectural drawings for Eagle Point Park in Dubuque. The drawings were created by renowned landscape architect Alfred Caldwell. The goals of the project are to preserve a collection of artifacts that have significance to local and Iowa history, archive and exhibit a substantial number of the drawings for the first time, and tell the story of Alfred Caldwell’s unique role in Iowa history and his impact on the field of landscape architecture.

Steeple Square will receive $50,000 and will continue the complete restoration of the former St. Mary’s parish campus through an HRDP-funded stained glass restoration project. This critical restoration will preserve the historical/culture significance of the windows and integrity of the entire historic structure while providing opportunities for local restoration professionals to gain work experience on an important project. The project will advance Steeple Square’s mission to transition the deteriorating former church campus into a vibrant downtown hub.

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