The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has announced the recipients of its Preservation Projects of Merit Awards, recognizing individuals and groups for their work to preserve Iowa's historical assets. "We are pleased to recognize the efforts of individuals who have worked tirelessly over the past year to preserve Iowa's history," Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said in a news release. "These awards honor those who devote their time and energy to make sure our state's history is preserved for future generations of Iowans to enjoy." This year's awards went to the following:

  • Judith A. McClure Award - Henning J. Witt Home, Davenport.

  • Adrian D. Anderson Award - Oliver Herrick's Post Office, Des Moines.

  • Margaret Keyes Award - Iowana Hotel, Creston.

  • William J. Wagner Award - City National Bank, Mason City.

  • Petersen/Harlan  Award - River City Society for Historic Preservation and Wright on the Park, Mason City.

  • Loren Horton Community History Award - Jim Artlip and Linda Artlip Weinstein for www.VHSgrads.com.

  • Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award - "The Farm at Holstein Dip: An Iowa Boyhood" by Carroll Engelhardt.

  • Mills/Noun Popular History Award: "Iowans Harry Hopkins and Henry A. Wallace Helped Craft Social Security's Blueprint" by David E. Balducchi.

To learn more about the awards and recipients, click here.