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January 15, 2018: Dear Members:

Since our last letter your directors have been busy–attended events, shown farming equipment, acquired many classic antique pieces, strengthened friendships and secured a potential longtime partner.

We have been offered the use of land for a museum site, but are not privileged to disclose the location at this time.  Our Directors are working toward an announcement in the next few months, with a meeting of members to celebrate the occasion.  Please join us for that opportunity with a peek at the future Midwest Agricultural Museum.

Our museum currently has an inventory exceeding 160 items, which includes many new acquisitions from the Harold Steele collection.

The 2017 Financial Report shows a net ending balance of $65,225.39.

Thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your continuing membership and support for the museum.

February 15, 2017:  Midwest Ag Museum currently has an inventory exceeding 150 items, which includes new acquisitions. The 2016 Financial Report shows a net ending balance of $89,392.65.

July 21, 2016: New Director  We are pleased to announce Mr. Stephen Burdette as a new Director, effective July 21, 2016.  He brings a wealth of knowledge of agricultural machinery.  He has a rich background of experience working in engineering at Massey Ferguson, CaseIH, CNH and a passionate interest in our museum.

Excerpt from a Letter to Members and Donors June 22, 2016.  The Directors conducted a special meeting and selected Paul McKim as our President.  The legal process calls for a span of time between the former officer’s replacement and a formal announcement.  This time has now past and we are free to explain what transpired.

2015 Summary: Our annual dinner was held at Wildlife Prairie Park on March 20th. The first featured speaker was Stephen Burdette of Rolesville, North Carolina who guided the audience through the evolution of harvest from the back breaking work performed by people to current status where a person operates a GPS guided harvester in a climate controlled operator station. The second speaker was Robert Hawkin of Dolton, Illinois who guided the audience through the changing fire risks as harvesting progressed from hand labor to modern machines operated by single person in a climate controlled operator station.

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2014 Summary: MAM started with an FFA Olympics and Tractor Show, in February, at Black Hawk East Arena in Kewanee, lots of fun, games and tough competition. An annual dinner at Wildlife Prairie Park with a great speaker, delicious food and new people.  After several years of looking at Louis Little Land in Kewanee and the 1800’s Cabin, we are now out of the picture. Mr. Little wishes to keep the family cabin where it is.

February 21, 2015 –  FFA Olympics with Midwest Agricultural Museum

Sherrard FFA Chapter

1st Place: Princeton Chapter

Black Hawk East College Campus Arena

Kewanee, Illinois

Area FFA Chapters participated in both mental and physical challenges today. Competition was strong during the many hours of activities. A 45-minute Ag History Test kicked off the morning events. Kevin Engquist & Dan Wiest of the Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club administered the test. They told us of the great joy they had engaging approx. 60 students, the excellent questions and articulating answers from the class. Tallying points afterwards took some time to reach a consensus for the judges from the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders. They gave many first and second place prizes, with 1 outstanding student noted at the ending ceremony.

We started the physical part of the FFA Olympics with a motivational speech by Illinois FFA State Reporter, Andrew Klein.  It was verbally moving and physically exciting – expressing a tale of friends fishing.

So began the events: dexterity of using a backhoe; roll & tip tractor tire race; lasso a steer head rope challenge; run with 2-5 gallon water filled buckets; left/right board ski rhythm contest; bouncy steer dodge and the famous timed “pit crew” & obstacle race. Tough contestants, bruises, water puddles, fun and laughter prevailed. I believe the spectators were having just as much fun and the participants.

To finish off the day enjoying all the FFA Chapter antics, there were Best of Show Tractors to vote for; guess “What It Is?” farm tools and how many kernels of corn are in the jar, as well as the number of soybeans in a container. It is amazing how 7 or 8 hundred (700/800) beans/kernels of corn fit into a small jar. Those winners were given prizes for the estimates, a nice lunch was served and everyone attending the events of the day was given a new Corn Ball Point Pen from the Midwest Agricultural Museum group.