The Questers is a non-profit International Organization, which was founded in 1944 by Jessie Elizabeth Bardens. Its major objectives are to stimulate an appreciation of antiques and their collection, and to encourage and support grants for the preservation and restoration of existing historical buildings and landmarks locally, statewide and internationally.
Our goal is to preserve historical buildings, sites and artifacts in the present and for the future. This is accomplished with Preservation and Restoration Grants for projects at the local, state and international level.
Iowa currently has 145 chapters with 2,127 members and remains the state with the largest membership in the International organization.
Iowa Questers are devoted to their local historic landmarks and museums. Chapters have reported 19, 849 volunteer hours served across the State of Iowa and have locally contributed $21,079 this year.
State Day was held in Des Moines in April and our theme was “Honoring Our Heartland Heroes.” Iowa awarded over $13,000 in State Preservation and Restoration Grants to chapters at State Day in April. We also held our third annual silent auction and raised $2,000 for the Iowa Preservation and Grant Fund. Iowa Questers sponsor four (4) Area Days and one State Day meeting each year, where members gather for educational seminars, friendship and antiquing.
Iowa Questers continue to recognize our 4-H youth for Preservation & Restoration projects at our State Fair. Some chapters have begun to recognize youth at the County level, further promoting the value of Preservation & Restoration with our youth.
The Iowa Questers Glass Collection, housed in the Brunnier Art Museum, on the campus of Iowa State University, has grown for a total of 642 glass pieces. Iowa Questers also contributed $400.00 to Terrace Hill, our governor’s mansion on the National Historic Register.
As State President, this officer’s theme is “This Place Maters.” Iowa Questers are using this theme to request grants, raise awareness, fundraise and promote our organization. “This Place Matter” to Iowa Questers.
FEATURED PROJECTS OF IOWA QUESTERS
Preservation and Restoration Grants
Glass Collection Fund
Terrace Hill Fund
4H Preservation & Restoration Award
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