On Saturday, June 20th, DeKalb County welcomed a new museum into the area: the Draft Animal Museum, created and ran by the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association. I headed out to the Open House and immediately saw that it was a busy event! I even had trouble finding a parking spot!
I entered the Draft Animal Museum and was astonished by the large amount of historic farming pieces and artifacts. As I walked through the museum, I saw equpiment dating back to 1880 and the early 1900s. Wow!
The Open House had lots to see and do; Wagon rides with the draft horses, museum tours and chuckwagon cooking! There were people of all ages, even a group from Nebraska came to support the Horseman’s Association and new museum!
Mark Carunchia, a member of the DeKalb Horsemen’s Association said it took 7 years of planning and preparation for the museum to be built and opened, which was in Spring 2015. During that time, the Horsemen’s Association started to accumulate pieces for the museum from donations, members of the association, and lendors who wanted their pieces to be displayed for people to see.
Mark mentioned that the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association is made up of 65 members. Most of them are now 65 and older, so they are trying to get the youth more invovled with the museum and Horsemen’s Association. They are doing this by planning field trips to the museum during the school year and being active with the 4-H Draft Club.
This time of year is very busy for the association, although Mark said September through December is even more busy! The museum is also bringing in activity, as it already has 8 reservations booked for this year in the meeting room! They also have museum tours, wagon rides, and horse drawn farming demonstrations avaliable to schedule!
Contact the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association HERE for more information!
Check out our website HERE for more events going on around DeKalb County!