‘Wheels’ opens for 34th season

A cornucopia of vintage school artifacts are featured in a new Wheels Across the Prairie Museum exhibit.

Annual meeting is Tuesday

School won’t take a summer vacation at the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum.

A new exhibit that features a classroom’s worth of Tracy Public School memorabilia will be among the museum’s attractions this summer.  The “Wheels” museum opened for the season Saturday to begin a six-month exhibit season.

The Hwy. 14 Tracy museum is open Saturdays and Sundays in May from 1 to 5 p.m. Expanded hours begin in June.

The school exhibit is on the east side of the museum’s new steel building.  Artifacts include a brick from Tracy’s 1895 school, a 1950s marching band uniform, vintage leather football helmets, and scores of photographs.  Many of the items had previously been displayed on the second floor of the museum’s original “barn.”

The Wheels museum is beginning its 34th season.  From a single building in 1985, the museum now has displays in 17 buildings, with exhibits also in a wooden boxcar and caboose.  Its signature attraction is a 1915 switch engine and tender car.

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