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Traer Historical Museum holds annual meeting

May 11, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

The Traer Historical Museum held its annual meeting at the end of April in preparation for the Civil War bus that rolled into Traer. The meeting addressed a number of issues, both past and present, for the museum.

Following the annual report, the board was told about some of the work local residents have been doing to preserve the history of Traer and Tama County. Many of the interviews that were cataloged on VHS were updated to DVD last year, ensuring that they will be available for future generations to enjoy. The Whannel family history was also added to the genaeology report. The board also addressed last year's cemetery walk, which was a success.

The board continues to apply for grants to help fund the "Tama Jim" Wilson exhibit, which is expected to cost around $9,000. The board has applied for a few grants, and is examining their options in applying for more.

The museum now has a Facebook page, which fans can like, giving them updates on important and noteworthy goings-on.

During the past year, the museum has also acquired several new and exciting pieces of local history. The museum has accumulated the Buckingham post office boxes, a building with hobo writing and even received an anonymous donation of $1,000 to help with the cost of keeping the museum open to the public.

In addition to the grants the museum has applied for regarding the Wilson exhibit, the board also discussed the new sign that they plan to install in the front of the museum to attract more attention from out-of-town visitors and provide a more aesthetically pleasing look for the downtown area. The museum is currently applying for grants to help with the new sign.

The museum has sold 25 of the Civil War books, and is holding a raffle for an original set of Time-Life Civil War books. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for a book of 6. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, or at the office of the Traer Star-Clipper.

With summer approaching quickly, the board began to address the Winding Stair Festival, and held an extra meeting this month to help get the initial framework of preparations started.

Three new members were nominated for inclusion on the board for this year, including Sharon Boldt, Carol Stansbury and Chris Markussen. The three nominations were approved by the board.

The treasurer's report was given, and included $2.363 in membership dues for the past year, which includes the $1,000 anonymous donation the museum received. The museum paid $823 in property tax last year, along with $35 for their Iowa museum dues.

The Traer Historical Museum is an intergral part of keeping the history of the town of Traer, and Tama County as a whole, viable and accessible to all. Volunteers are needed for open hours at the museum, along with help in cataloging. The museum and board would love to have more members as well. Anyone who is interested in volunteering or joining the fight to help keep history alive in Traer is encouraged to email the museum at, or stop by at 514 Second Street. The museum is currently open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.



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