Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery attracted visitors from 32 states (other than Iowa) during the year 2012. Also, visitors came from England, Italy, the Netherlands, the island of Bermuda, Turkmenistan, and from Newfoundland and Ontario Canada.
A total of 950 people visited the community-owned tourist attraction during the 2012 year, most of those also spending some time in area stores and shops, restaurants and gas stations. Special visitors included a travel writer who wrote a story about the Gallery for a travel section of the Chicago Tribune; teams of students from the University of Chicago on their annual scavenger hunt; and a visit from a professional (national) photographer who spent a couple of hours taking photos of various shakers.
The Gallery was also fortunate to have several folks from various locations donate more shakers to the Gallery, with several more calling for information about donating. The Gallery has a page on Facebook, and regularly posts photos of visiting groups.
The Gallery hosted its Grand Opening April 1 and 2, 2011. A board of five people guides the Gallery's activities: Ellen Young, Maurita Haldy, Darlys Hulme, Marsha Mason and Jeannine Smentek. Other active volunteers and guides include Mary Ellen Barnes, Sharon Bolt and Sandy Whannel, along with Ruth Rasmussen. Several men have also assisted in various projects and activities. If you enjoy welcoming visitors to Traer and would like to be involved in this project, please call 319-231-7654. We will also be using volunteers to clean, photograph and catalog all entries before display.
Although the Gallery is officially closed January and February, it is open for visitors if someone is working at the Gallery. If you or your group would like to visit the Gallery, please call 319-231-7654 to make sure someone will be available to host a tour.
Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery is an active member of Tama County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and also of the Central Iowa Tourism Region. Ellen Young regularly attends meetings of those two tourist organizations, which promote travel to, and within, the county and region.