Preservation and Designed Product–Belgian Yard Game

Site:  Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development 

Iowa Valley RC&D is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Amana, Iowa. The five-person team works to grow local economies, strengthen food systems, foster protection and enhancement of natural resources, and develop awareness for the arts, history, and culture. Expertise is in community food systems and placemaking.
Website https://iowavalleyrcd.org/

Project: Preservation and Designed Product–Belgian Yard Game

The community of Victor, Iowa, has a group of residents that still play the Belgian game of Rolle Bolle. There is an indoor court above the local bar called B’s Sports Bar & Grill and an outdoor court next to the post office. The local group members are largely retired but are trying to preserve the game and recruit younger community members. We are working with this community to capture this history and to archive or otherwise record some of the antique memorabilia.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Contribute to the celebration, documentation, and promotion of this local heritage by selecting a project that can go from conceptualization to completion in 8 weeks. This may be a small publication, a marketing campaign, a collection of oral histories, or a small website.

Qualifications & Skills Preferred:

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A passion for storytelling
  • Interest in Iowa history
  • Talent in their chosen communication skill set

Projects Supervisor:  Jessica Rilling, Executive Director for Iowa Valley RC&D and Iowa Valley Scenic Byway Coordinator