Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation Receives $25,000 MidAmerican Energy Foundation Grant

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hoyt Sherman Place’s mission is to create outstanding experiences for the cultural, historical and educational benefit of Central Iowa and its residents and communities. Now, as a MidAmerican Energy Foundation  Grant recipient, the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation will be able to continue to do just that.


Hoyt Sherman Place is the premiere historic cultural center in Iowa and works to present outstanding performances, celebrate Iowa’s history, and grow arts and culture in the region. Its Galleries and 1,250-seat Theater host more than 300 events annually welcoming over 60,000 guests. Its staff is committed to connecting with the community from their first cultural experience and continue to serve them with offerings throughout the spectrum of life. In all interactions with the public, Hoyt Sherman Place and its staff seek to give them the kinds of experiences that will engage, educate and inspire them to return for a lifetime of cultural enrichment.


With the newly acquired funds, the historic venue will be able to complete the next phase of its restoration plan. The project began in July of 2016 and is expected to last for approximately 36 months. The plans call for much needed repairs and modifications including updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for the Mansion and Art Gallery and converting to an energy efficient centralized control system.


With a building as historic as Hoyt Sherman Place, originally built in 1877 by Des Moines businessman and pioneer, Hoyt Sherman, constant maintenance is required due to its aging infrastructure and mechanical systems beyond their useful lives. Once these repairs are complete, Hoyt Sherman Place staff will be able to dedicate their time and financial resources towards special events and educational programs. The generous donation from MidAmerican Energy Foundation will greatly aid the Foundation’s continued effort to provide a variety of cultural experiences for Des Moines and its communities while maintaining Hoyt Sherman Place’s lasting legacy. A legacy Mr. Hoyt Sherman himself could be proud of.

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