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Bibliography for Hardin County, Iowa
Hardin County, Iowa, Children's Literature
Links to Hardin County Tourism and Preservation

Bibliography for Hardin County, Iowa

Bergman, Marvin, ed. Iowa History Reader. Ames, IA: State Historical Society of Iowa in association with Iowa State University Press, 1996.

Carpenter, Allan and Randy Lyon, with Carl Provorse. Between Two Rivers: Iowa Year by Year, 1846-1996. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1997.

Collins, James M. The Iowa River Greenbelt: an Archaeological Landscape. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa, 1991.

History of Hardin County. Eldora, IA: Hardin County Historical Society, 1981. (available from Higginson Book Co., 148 Washington St., Dept. P., Salem, MA 01970).

Ingalls, Marlin R. Architectural Resources and Settlement Landscapes of Hardin and Grundy Counties in North Central Iowa. Iowa City, IA,1990.

Iowa Biographical Dictionary: People of All Times and Places Who Have Been Important to the History and Life of the State. New York, N.Y.: Somerset Publishers, 1996.

Naumann, Molly Myers. Architectural and Historical Sites Survey of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Iowa Falls, IA. 1991.

Nichols, I.A. History of Iowa Falls. Fort Dodge, IA: Messenger Printing Company, 1955. (recently reprinted and available from the Iowa Falls Historical Society, PO Box 364, Iowa Falls, IA 50126).

Nichols, I.A. Pioneer Days. Fort Dodge, IA: Messenger Printing Company, 1955.
(recently reprinted and available from the Iowa Falls Historical Society, PO Box 364, Iowa Falls, IA 50126).

Riley, Glenda, ed. Prairie Voices: Iowa's Pioneering Women. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1996.

Schmidt , Duane A., and Loren Horton. Iowa Pride. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1996.

Schwieder, Dorothy. Iowa: the Middle Land. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1996.

Silag, Bill, ed. Outside in: African-American history in Iowa, 1838-2000. Des Moines, IA: State Historical Society of Iowa, 2001.

War on the Homefront: WWII Stories and Letters of Solidiers and Families from Hardin County. Times Citizen Communications: Iowa Falls, IA. 2000 (available from www.iafalls.com).

Hardin County, Iowa, Children's Literature

Mahan, Bruce E. and Ruth A. Gallaher. Stories of Iowa for Boys and Girls. New York, Macmillan, 1929.

San Souci , Robert D., and Max Ginsburg (Illustrator). Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1995.

Fradin , Dennis Brindel. Iowa (From Sea to Shining Sea). Children's Press: 1995.

Links to Hardin County Tourism and Preservation

Hardin County Online
Sponsored by the Hardin County Community Development Council, this website has a wealth of information for visitors and residents of the county, including a calendar of events, historical information on each town, and links to such area attactions as the Ackley Heritage Center and Scenic City Empress river boat. There is also further information available through local area guides for Ackley, Eldora and Iowa Falls .

Hardin County Government
Official county government website with information on many resources and services available.

Slayton Farms Round Barn
Find our more about this current rehabilitation and history of this unusual Iowa round barn.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
This regional heritage tourism program, involving more than 80 communities, sites, and attractions in northeastern Iowa, is dedicated to becoming the premier destination for showcasing and interpreting American agriculture.

Iowa State Historical Society
Find further information on the programs of the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office at this website for the state organization dedicated to Iowa's historical legacy and its role as an advocate for understanding Iowa's past.

Central Iowa Tourism Region
Find information on events, attractions, travel, and tourism in Central Iowa.

Main Street Iowa Program
Many Iowa communties, including Iowa Falls, have adopted this program's approach to downtown revitalization through economic development within the context of historic preservation.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
A nonprofit organization that builds partnerships and educates Iowans to protect, preserve and enhance Iowa's natural resources for future generations.

The Barn Journal
Dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of traditional farm architecture.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Learn about the programs of and membership in the oldest national non-profit preservation organization.

National Park Service Office of Tourism
National parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the NPS promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed, and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.

National Scenic Byways Program
This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on state and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the America’s Byways Great River Road website for more ideas.


[graphic] Collage of different scenes from Hardin County
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