City of Dubuque News Release
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Christine Happ Olson

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Announces New Trustee from Dubuque

Chris Olson, Assistant Planner

DATE -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The City of Dubuque is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Happ Olson, assistant planner in the City’s planning services department, to the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Board of Trustees. 

Olson serves as staff to the City of Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission and the Long-Range Planning Commission. She has experience in historic preservation, planning, housing, local foods, and youth development.  Olson previously served as executive director for the Four Mounds Foundation, which was named one of the early SSNHA Partners in 2003. Her experience managing a partner site for 16 years, serving on the SSNHA Interpretive and Educational Signage Committee, and assisting SSNHA with partner program evaluation process will serve her well as an SSNHA board member.

“I’m happy to join this great organization that has been so helpful uniting cultural and historic sites across our region. From technical assistance, to networking, and even funding, Silos and Smokestacks empowers partners to connect with visitors and Iowans and tell the shared story of our agricultural history from unique perspectives,” states Olson.

Other new members to the SSNHA board include Barb Lykins, retired from the Iowa Farm Bureau; Kellie Lasack, owner of Roan Marketing and Communications in Oxford Junction; and Michael Cook, adjunct professor at Hawkeye Community College and former manager at John Deere Tractor Cab Assembly.

“We are pleased to have these new trustees join us. Regional participation is essential to the success of the Heritage Area.  We look forward to the expertise they bring to the board,” said Board President Cara Miller. 

The mission of Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area is to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture -- past, present and future. SSNHA has 119 partner sites throughout its 37-county region in northeast Iowa. Dubuque County houses eight of those partner sites, including five in Dubuque: the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Four Mounds Inn & Conference Center, the Mathias Ham House Historic Site, the Mines of Spain State Recreation Center, and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Other partner sites in Dubuque County are the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Park Farm Winery in Bankston, and the Black Horse Inn in Sherrill.

To learn more about Silos and Smokestacks and what they do, or to discover more partner locations, visit For more about the City of Dubuque, visit

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