Coggon Public Awareness Campaign

Submitted by Michael LeClere

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Client: Coggon%20Historical%20Society%20%26%20Coggon%20Area%20Betterment%20Association

Location: Coggon, IA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Overview

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Goals

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Process

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Additional Information

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