It’s hard to believe that the May long weekend is fast approaching! We are certainly looking forward to warmer temperatures, longer days, and plenty of sunshine as the weeks lead into summer. This month, we are excited to tell you about the Canadian Tractor Museum! Keep reading to find out more and how you can help support their efforts.
History of the Canadian Tractor Museum
The Canadian Tractor Museum was founded in 1999 by local collectors, farmers, and businessmen with a passion for tractors. Members of the Vintage Tractor Club saw the importance of preserving their tractors, steam engines, and their rich agricultural history for the generations to come. The members donated money, held fundraisers, and lobbied the government for grants, which led to becoming a society under the Alberta Society Act. What followed was the creation of the Westlock & District Tractor Museum Foundation. The foundation now owns and operates the Canadian Tractor Museum as a non-profit group.
In 2002, the foundation opened with a 20, 000 square foot facility, and in 2006 they added a storage building for steam engines and extra tractors. Preserving a large part of the area’s rich farming history enables the museum to share with others, while also preventing the loss of local collections of historical significance.
There’s something for everyone
The Canadian Tractor Museum has something for everyone! With several authentic and rare artifacts on display, they have items that have been donated from across the country and welcome visitors from around the world. Before tractors, there were stationary engines, and the museum has those too.
Do you have littles in your life? Then you need to bring them here!
Children love the Canadian Tractor Museum. Barb Kostiw, Executive Director, shared with us the story of one young boy refused to go to his birthday party as it wasn’t planned at the museum! So, what did his parents do? Booked the party at the museum, of course! Another young boy comes to visit so often that his grandma bought him an annual membership as it was cheaper than paying the admission every time.
One of the most popular tractors is a small one that pulls the children’s barrel train! Another attraction that packs a wow factor for visitors is the 1919 Case Steam Engine.
No matter your age, there are many interesting things to see and do.
Lend your support
There are several ways you can help support the Canadian Tractor Museum. They are always looking for volunteers! From sharing stories, to helping with events, your time means a great deal to the museum. They also encourage you to attend events and fundraisers and be sure to tell others. The Canadian Tractor Museum relies heavily on grants, sponsorships, casino funding and cash donations. Make a monetary donation by clicking here. You can also follow them on Facebook for the latest news and updates!
The Canadian tractor Museum invites you to attend their Season Opening Event on May 22 from 12pm-4pm. The event includes free admission, hot dogs and smokies and exciting activities for children. Mark the date on your calendar, and spend a fun filled day enjoying the rich agricultural history the museum has to offer.
We want to thank the Canadian Tractor Museum for being our Charity Spotlight Feature this month! We hope you plan on visiting them soon.