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February 15, 2017: Dear Members:    This is the time of year for our Annual Dinner Invitation to be mailed, but the lack of a suitable agenda has caused the Directors to suspend this activity for 2017. As a consequence of the board action all officers will remain one (1) more year.     Midwest Ag Museum currently has an inventory exceeding 120 items, which includes new acquisitions. The 2016 Financial Report shows a net ending balance of $89,392.65.  A Status Report presentation is planned for potential partners, as well as updates to our website.

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

It is our duty as Directors to keep members informed and we encourage your input and questions at any time.

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July 21, 2016: New Director     It is our duty as Directors to keep members informed and we encourage your input and questions at any time. 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.

Letter to Members and Donors June 22, 2016

The purpose of this letter is to update you on the status of MAM. The past 2 years have been difficult, time consuming, stressful, and challenging. A report was made by the past president at the MAM Annual Dinner in March to direct our focus to locate near Princeton, followed by an approved directors’ report showing four (4) location options.  You need to know that the Directors never voted on any of the partner proposals, they had only been discussed.  This had to be confusing to everyone and we do apologize. When commitments are taken beyond the scope of the officer’s limits, Directors must step in to correct those actions.  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.

The focus for 2016 is to continue with regular meetings, stay visible, make contacts and plan for a proper partnership and location for our many pieces of vintage farm equipment. We have a current inventory list, which is being updated and will be provided on our web site. We received several contacts by other organizations interested in our future progress.  Some have co-operative ventures with mutual respect of history and future generations. We want to “Be Part of Building the Future by Preserving the Past”. It is important for us to offer a learning experience of the early days in agriculture. We consider all of you “friends” and hope to interact with you soon.  If there are questions or comments regarding this letter, please contact us at the museum address.

 

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.

Now 3 sites were possible locations.  A busy summer took us to many events, but the “Drive a Tractor” event at Wildlife Prairie Park was our 2nd year and even more people interested – many contacts.  August has been a great time to attend the Wyoming Heritage Tractor Show, several years we have enjoyed the tractor parade, exhibits and real people pleaser activities.  Fund raising for the Andris Land dissolved.  A road trip to Indiana was a “fact finding” tour for building a museum – what not to do.  We ended the busy year with getting started on a new website, driven by a committee to keep it current.  Looking forward to a new year of promise toward our mission of building an agricultural museum.   COME SEE US SOON !!

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.

If you were not able to attend this year, please look for us again in February 2016.  SEE YOU THEN!!

Thanks to our 2015 FFA Sponsors:

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