The Traer Historical Museum held its annual meeting at the museum on Thursday, April 18. The meeting included nomination and election of board members, election of officers, and a review of the year April 2012 to April 2013. In addition, a Herbert Hake film from the 1950s featuring Tama Jim Wilson was shown. The film was purchased from Iowa State University's Special Collections. Mr. Hake, who was inducted into the Iowa Broadcasters Hall of Fame, directed and hosted several radio and TV programs including "Landmarks in Iowa History."
The following are museum board officers: Christy Wicks, president; Tony Weida, vice-president; Jeannine Smentek, secretary; Joan Reuman, treasurer. The following are board members: Sharon Bolt, Judy Robb, Carol Stansbery, Sharon Stoakes, Elsa Weida and Tom Wicks.
The yearly review included achievements, acquisitions, community sharing and involvement, ongoing projects and a wish list. Major achievements were:
* "A Night at the Opera" grand opening of the Traer Opera House Exhibit,
* renovation of the museum's exterior which included painting, refabrication of the awning and new, attractive signage,
* the State Historical Society of Iowa's "History on the Move" exhibit, The Fiery Trial, Iowa and the Civil War, and the Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable events,
* planning, designing and constructing a new Tama Jim Wilson Exhibit.
* $4,000.00 grant from Black Hawk County Gaming Association and a $3,000.00 grant from Tama County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, for the new Tama Jim Wilson Exhibit,
* display items from the University of Northern Iowa,
* Herbert Hake film on Tama Jim from Iowa State University, Special Collections,
* membership dues and private donations, including a donation from the Pauline Kober estate.
As always, the museum seeks volunteers to staff the museum during open hours, catalog items, assist in expanding the agricultural exhibit and developing new exhibits. Call 319-478-2346 to volunteer for these projects or in any other way you want to be of assistance. Volunteers are also needed on Thursday,
April 25th, at 6:30pm, to help clean and prepare the museum for opening in May. Just show up and you will be welcomed with open arms.