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Cedar Valley Seminary Foundation: Leeman Education Center

Cedar Valley Seminary
 

Inspiring future generations through

the incredible stories of real people.

For over 150 years, the Cedar Valley Seminary has been a cornerstone for the town of Osage, Iowa. Once serving as home to a junior college, historical society, and even a museum, the building is rich with cultural significance and holds a deep connection to residents of the community. 

 

With the acquisition of an old newspaper publishing building, the Cedar Valley Seminary Foundation (CVSF) sought to create an experience that showcased its storied history and inspire future generations by highlighting Mitchell County's influential leaders. That’s when they turned to Dimensional Innovations for its exhibit design expertise and to help bring their vision to life.

 

 

What began as an exhibit honoring Gerald “Germ” Leeman, Osage native and Silver medal wrestler in the 1948 Olympic Games, grew into so much more: ten individual exhibits that highlight incredible stories stemming from this tight-knit community. DI’s team worked closely with the foundation’s directors to ensure that the stories held true to historic veracity and paid proper homage to the community’s heroes, who have made both local and international impacts. Those exhibits include:

  • A 3ft-diameter replica of Germ’s silver medal — with a sculpted facsimile of the ribbon — resides in close proximity to a display case housing the original Olympic medal and other wrestling memorabilia
  • Bill Fox exhibit that includes his original flight suit, models of planes he designed, and a 1:12 scale, 3D printed replica of the Blackbird Spy Plane suspended from the ceiling
  • Mr. Robert Kern, son of a former Osage Minister and Mitchell County benefactor featuring an illuminated bible emphasizing faith in one’s life
  • “Stop the Presses” interactive that allows visitors to search through and read old editions of local newspapers—paying homage to the building’s origins as a newspaper printing press
  • An interactive touchscreen that allows visitors to delve deeper into the various subjects covered in the exhibits
  • A Wall of Heroes featuring sixteen notable accomplished Mitchell County natives

“It doesn’t matter where you come from—you can make a difference.” This is the thread that wove the community and its many incredible stories together. The dedicated DI Content Team collaborated with Seminary leaders and conducted detailed research to develop an encyclopedic volume of content to support these stories. In keeping with the values of the Seminary founders, in-depth educational programming is interspersed throughout the exhibits, supported by a robust K-12 teachers’ guide that adheres to the Iowa state curriculum standards, making the learning center a popular new destination for the surrounding school districts.

K-12 Curriculum

Supported through the exhibits and programming

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Replica of Germ’s silver medal with a sculpted facsimile of the ribbon

 

Testimonials

"Thanks to DI, we are now at a place where we have our physical exhibits, yes, but the potential is unlimited. We are able to continue to tell stories in different categories and timelines. And that's just the beginning..."

Joyce Ruehlow, Board President, Cedar Valley Seminary Foundation

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Carole Hollman

Carole Hollman

Practice Director - Culture

With over 13 years of experience in the museum design/build world, Carole has successfully led and facilitated large-scale exhibit and interpretive projects of national importance around the country for over a decade. Carole’s passion... more about Carole Hollman Carole Hollman Carole Hollman Practice Director - Culture

With over 13 years of experience in the museum design/build world, Carole has successfully led and facilitated large-scale exhibit and interpretive projects of national importance around the country for over a decade. Carole’s passion for storytelling and her love of the non-profit, educational world make her a natural and compassionate leader in this field. Her combined skills and professional experience make her a powerful listener, communicator, client liaison, internal and external group facilitator, conceptual thinker, visionary, and team leader.

Having spent 20+ years in a number of different creative and educational fields, she brings an added design mentality and the benefits of cross-industry experience to any project. She has an extensive background across a wide range of fields, including: Museum and Exhibit Design and Fabrication; Software Design and Development; Healthcare and Healthcare Education/Certification; Professional and Continuing Education; and K-12 Educational Design.

As the project leader, Carole’s main goal is to assemble the best team for each project, set them up for highest success, and let them do what they do best, while staying personally involved at a high level from beginning to end. Notable past projects include: The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum; Wonderscope Children’s Museum; UNMC McGoogan Library Wigton Heritage Center; Dane G. Hansen Museum; Zoo Knoxville, KidScape at the Johnson County Museum, and the Kansas Museum of History.

Jenni Dold

Jenni Dold

Associate Account Director

Jenni Dold has 15 years of account management and design project management experience, working with both museums and national brands to conceptualize and bring to life multifaceted campaigns through a combination of physical and digital... more about Jenni Dold Jenni Dold Jenni Dold Associate Account Director

Jenni Dold has 15 years of account management and design project management experience, working with both museums and national brands to conceptualize and bring to life multifaceted campaigns through a combination of physical and digital user experiences. Her role as liaison between clients and internal content developers, including researchers, writers and designers, allows her a comprehensive view of the entire project at any given time, ensuring a seamless process where nothing slips through the cracks along the way. Jenni is particularly adept at thinking several steps ahead, anticipating and side-stepping potential obstacles before they arise.

 
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