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Midwest Agricultural Museum

ANNUAL MIDWEST AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM BANQUET

Friday, March 18, 2016

Wildlife Prairie Park in the Hespell Hall

U.S. 18th District Congressman Darin LaHood will be speaking at the Annual Mpic-LaHoodidwest Agricultural Museum Banquet. A social hour including hors d’oerves and a cash bar at 5:30 will be followed directly by Rep. LaHood’s comments at 6 PM including time for questions and answers. His remarks will include a discussion of recent agriculture legislation on Capitol Hill and other ag related issues specific to Central Illinois.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting including an updated power point presentation and a discussion of recent developments about the museum’s site location.

Cost of the event is $25 per person. Tables of 8 at $200 per tables are available on request. Advanced ticket reservations can be obtained no later than March 10th by sending checks to: Midwest Ag Museum c/o Larry Meaker, Treasurer. 5771 Township Road 400E, Toulon IL 61483.

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MAM representatives were met with enthusiasm at the Peoria Farm Show on December 1,2,3. Most everyone seemed interested in our museum.  Over 100 questionnaires were filled out and over 50 people signed up to receive ticket info for our annual meeting in March at Wildlife Prairie Park.  We thoroughly enjoyed the experience with the public!

 

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The Midwest Agricultural Museum exists to educate people on the historical and present value of American agriculture and agri-businesses by providing exhibits, education, information, experience and recognition. The Museum especially honors the innovations in agricultural methods and equipment made by citizens of Illinois and the Midwestern area of the United States. The Museum was created by private intervals who have formed a not-for-profit corporation. The Museum is funded by private and corporate donations, and revenue generated by admissions, memberships, special events, and facility rental.

Vision: Provide a unique educational experience which provides an understanding of how Midwest agricultural innovations have evolved from the field to dinner plate for the past 180 years.

Mission: To build a museum which provides a hands on learning experience for all Midwest children and families showing them how rich the local area is in agricultural history from the invention of the McCormick reaper to where their food comes from today.

Objectives: 

  • Educate people on the historic and present value of American agriculture and agribusiness by providing educational information through displays, exhibits, and interactive, hands-on activities.
  • Recognize the innovations in agricultural methods and equipment made by the citizens of Illinois and the Midwest, 1831 to present.

What is the difference between the Midwest Ag Museum and “collector” museums?  Because there are so many things to collect, most museums have a specific area of specialization. For example, a history museum may only collect objects relevant to a particular county or even a single person, or focus on a type of object such as automobiles or stamps.

A museum allows us to look at and understand ourselves and our neighbors beyond what you read in the papers and see on TV, and provides us with a different lens through which we can study and understand society and the world around us.

We collect important agricultural advancements before they disappear into private collections, and become difficult to access in the future. And we are primarily concerned with the significance and merit of the innovation, not its market value.

Our 2015 Officers 

President: Chris McMillen, Toulon, IL

Vice President: Paul McKim, Edwards, IL

Secretary: Martha Reismeyer, Toulon, IL

Treasurer: Larry Meaker, Toulon, IL

Our 2015 Directors

Fred Sams, Toulon, IL

Wayne Nowlan, Peoria, IL

Dan Heinz, Edwards, IL