Registration is open for “Preserving, Enhancing, and Promoting Northeast Iowa’s Historical Treasures,” a day of historic workshops. The event, a project of Northeast Iowa RC&D and the Northeast Iowa Cultural Council, will take place May 9th at Upper Iowa University.
Northeast Iowa is home to thousands of historical structures, artifacts, and museums—and many thousands more people who preserve, protect and promote them. The workshops are designed to give staff and volunteers active in local historical societies, sites, and museums new tools for collections management, fundraising, harnessing tourism & economic development potential, restoration projects, finding and sustaining volunteers, and much more. Economic development and tourism officials are also encouraged to attend.
“So much of the work of preserving our local history is done by a small group of dedicated people, mostly volunteers, who do a lot with very few resources,” said Eden Ehm of Northeast Iowa RC&D. “These workshops are intended to give historic preservationists a chance to connect with others who share their passion and to learn from each other and our presenters. At the end of the day, everyone should have new ideas and renewed energy to take home to their organizations and projects!”
The workshops will feature presentations and panels from Iowa Museum Association, Travel Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, The Vesterheim Museum, and Northeast Iowa RC&D, and more.
Registration is open for two more weeks online at iowaart.org/historic-workshop/. Early registration costs $40 through midnight on April 28th. Registration April 29th-May 9th is $50. The registration fee includes all workshop materials, a light breakfast, and lunch.
For questions or help registering, please contact Eden Ehm of Northeast Iowa RC&D at 563-864-7112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.