This makes me proud of our little museum.
There are plans to expand the museum, but the project has to wait a couple of years until the state finishes major road construction nearby.
I though it was interesting that the ratings are on a UK site for folks visiting the USA.
I have really enjoyed my visits to our museum. I believe it is great museum and that it has a lot more future potential to promote our Model Ts, our hobby and our club. My wife and I are investigating if it is feasible for us to move closer so we could be more supportive to the museum. I love the idea of one day having some working displays similar to the ones in Williamsburg Virginia. Not building 1700s items but demonstrating how babbit is poured, rods and mains are machined, and how the engines are assembled etc. I think some of the museum visitors would enjoy a demonstration like that. It would also give us a chance to train others on how to machine and assemble the parts etc. The completed engines could be used in a number of ways. Sold or raffled to raise money. Note if they were raffled that would allow someone to build up a speedster a lot easier. Or perhaps we could do something similar to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) annual sweepstakes – everyone who is a member is automatically entered with one raffle ticket (see: http://www.aopa.org/summit/news/2011/110923sweeps_winner_for_crossover_classic.h tml ). And probably there are many other ways they could be used to help support the effort. The idea would be increase the interest in our museum, early Fords and our hobby.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit the museum, I would recommend looking in to adding it to one of your planned vacations or trips.
Henry Ford once had a dream:
I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces. – Henry Ford “My Life and Work (1922) chap 4.
And not too long ago some folks had a dream of a Model T Museum in Indiana. Thank you to everyone who contributed time, money, cars, parts, displays etc. to make that museum a reality.
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