Grinnell Veterans Memorial Building Campaign
Honoring veterans and serving the community. A new look. A local and national purpose.
Leonard Boswell (former congressman)
Our Commission Members:
Leo Lease (Chair)
Gwen Rieck (Vice-Chair)
The City of Grinnell has a Veterans Memorial Building (“VMB”) in its Central Park built in the late 1950s and initially approved by the citizens of Grinnell in May of 1944 during the midst of World War II. It has fallen into disrepair. Its poor condition is particularly striking because it sits within Grinnell’s newly renovated Central Park.
There are essentially two options as to how to deal with the VMB—improve it for an appropriate use or remove it and replace it with a sculptural or landscape memorial to veterans. It is the vision of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Building Commission that the building be renovated to honor veterans as a memorial, to serve the community and to house a national artist residency, called the Prairie Star Residency, with a special focus on veterans.
The attached summary addresses the vision of improving the building to serve these three functions. Questions should be directed to Tom Lacina at firstname.lastname@example.org