Historic preservation is more than simply saving and restoring old buildings and sites of historic importance. Preservation enriches the community by maintaining tangible connections to our past, as well as promoting economic development through tourism and providing a multitude of educational opportunities. Through our grantmaking, the Iowa West Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation efforts.
For example, grants have been awarded to Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of agricultural equipment and the celebration of Iowa’s farm history. The organization owns and operates an 80-acre farm near Shelby.
Another grant recipient, the Pioneer Trail Museum in Macedonia, is dedicated to preserving how life was on the nearby Mormon Trail. The museum’s special focus is on the tools and experiences of daily life.