Our mission is to build partnerships that enhance our economic and cultural
future through the preservation of Iowa's significant historic resources.
Every building has a rich, unique history. From the one-room schoolhouse
where your grandfather learned arithmetic on a slate to the locally owned corner
drugstore where you shared a delicious strawberry malt on your first date, each
structure has a story to tell.
These buildings, whether simple and rural or luxurious and urban, have thousands
of stories to share about Iowans. They remind us of where we came from, how we
got here, and where we're going. And together, they speak volumes about our values,
our character and our future.
The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance recognizes the value of preserving
theses landmarks for future generations both as learning tools and beautiful reminders
of our history.
Too often, members of a community find themselves helpless when architectural
and historical sites of local, state and national significance are threatened.
People like you, who would like to see the historical buildings preserved,
lack a voice in preserving the historic integrity of our communities.
We at the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance want to give you the voice and
support you need to save these structures. We believe it's time for members of
the state to join together to preserve historical buildings and landmarks. Together,
we can save the farmstead in the country, the abandoned depot, the old home by
the river or the beautiful department store.
- The IHPA, in cooperation with individuals like you and groups of people across
the state, have the most impact working together to save buildings in our communities.
- Combining our contacts and information sources, we are instantly aware when
governmental action is taken or laws are discussed affecting historical structures.
Therefore, we ensure our position is heard.
- Through newsletters, bulletins, conferences, special events and advocacy efforts
statewide, information is being used to educate the public and private sectors
at both the local and state levels.
- We plan and implement special events to increase awareness for our cause and
gains support from members of various communities where buildings are in danger.
- As one group, we hare ideas about fundraising opportunities, and put members
in contact with contractors who specialize in rebuilding sites, making it difficult
to argue against restoring an abandoned structure.
- We are able to share important information about upcoming workshops, which
help us become organized and speak with one voice.