The Jasper County Historical Museum on Friday was awarded a $9,815 grant from the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area to be used for the development of a new exhibit explaining the history of wind energy in Jasper County. The new indoor and outdoor exhibit, "Windertails of Jasper County," will be placed on the location in the photo above at the Newton museum and tell the story of how Jasper County citizens utilized the windmill. Beginning in the 1880s, county citizens made use wind power for pumping water. In the 1930s, the Wind-Power Mfg. Co., created a generator that when attached to a windmill would make electrical power for farms. Currently, Newton is home to two modern wind energy industries, wind blade manufacturer TPI Composites and wind tower manufacturer Trinity Structural Towers. Work on the exhibit will begin this summer and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2013.