John Deere Foundation Announces $100,000 Contribution to African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Deere & Company

    MOLINE, Ill., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The John Deere Foundation of
 Deere & Company (NYSE:   DE) today announced a gift of $100,000 to help
 construct the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa.
 The capital campaign for the museum, to be built in Cedar Rapids, has now
 raised more than $2.12 million of a $2.88 million goal.
     In making the announcement, Deere & Company Chairman and Chief Executive
 Officer Robert W. Lane said that Deere is honored to be part of the campaign.
 "Our donation reflects our respect for the significant contributions of
 African Americans to the state of Iowa.  The African American Historical
 Museum and Cultural Center will benefit all Iowans as it preserves and shares
 the state's rich cultural African American heritage."
     The museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2002, on city-owned
 property on the banks of the Cedar River.  The facility will interpret the
 African American history of the entire state of Iowa, in addition to related
 exhibits on Africa and the United States.  Also included in the museum will be
 a link to the Iowa Communications Network, establishing the first statewide
 multicultural educational network.
     Deere & Company is the world's premiere producer of agricultural
 equipment; a leading manufacturer of construction, forestry, commercial and
 consumer equipment; and a business leader in parts, engines, financial
 services and special technologies.
 
 

SOURCE Deere & Company
    MOLINE, Ill., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The John Deere Foundation of
 Deere & Company (NYSE:   DE) today announced a gift of $100,000 to help
 construct the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa.
 The capital campaign for the museum, to be built in Cedar Rapids, has now
 raised more than $2.12 million of a $2.88 million goal.
     In making the announcement, Deere & Company Chairman and Chief Executive
 Officer Robert W. Lane said that Deere is honored to be part of the campaign.
 "Our donation reflects our respect for the significant contributions of
 African Americans to the state of Iowa.  The African American Historical
 Museum and Cultural Center will benefit all Iowans as it preserves and shares
 the state's rich cultural African American heritage."
     The museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2002, on city-owned
 property on the banks of the Cedar River.  The facility will interpret the
 African American history of the entire state of Iowa, in addition to related
 exhibits on Africa and the United States.  Also included in the museum will be
 a link to the Iowa Communications Network, establishing the first statewide
 multicultural educational network.
     Deere & Company is the world's premiere producer of agricultural
 equipment; a leading manufacturer of construction, forestry, commercial and
 consumer equipment; and a business leader in parts, engines, financial
 services and special technologies.
 
 SOURCE  Deere & Company