Congratulations to Madeline Dimeo, the 2018 scholarship recipient. Read about Madeline here.
We have a new look and a new host for our website. We are still adding content and tweaking the pages; as well as developing new forms for membership and project applications. Please be patient as we fine tune and adjust!! We hope you’ll visit often and connect with us on all our social media — share the MMCI content and opportunities!
Voting for MMCI Directors took place in May and the results are in. Directors for the next three year term are, alphebetically:
- Loren Book
- Jay Groskreutz
- Kelly Stamm
Thank you for taking the time to vote and participate in the MM activities — this Club exists to promote MM and preserve its heritage. As an active member you will benefit from all the organization does for MM enthusiasts!
MMCI and HPOCA Joint Preservation Project
MM enthusiasts have found that scanning parts drawings is an easy task and something anyone can learn to do. Plan a visit to Charles City to help with this project. Museum director Mary Ann Townsend will show you what to do. And as an added benefit, the Sleep Inn will give a special discount to those volunteers working on the Floyd County Preservation Project. Read about the project beginnings below.
Update from Loren Book: The Minneapolis-Moline Collectors Club (MMCI) is working as an equal partner with the Hart Parr Oliver Collectors (HPOCA) to preserve information of both companies, which remained after they were bought out by White and then Agco. The two clubs have jointly purchased a quality film reader to transfer the parts drawings to computer; this will make the drawings accessible to future generations.
At the Winter Convention in Clarinda, Mike Verhulst, Phillip Fett, and I handed out numerous cards with contact information for Mary Ann Townsend, the museum director. Mary Ann is overseeing the scheduling of volunteers coming to Charles City for a day, or hopefully, two or three days.
The process as shown in the photos is very user-friendly and the staff can have you working in a short time. There have been 1000 cards recorded to date; we have approximately 49,000 MM cards to go.
We are hoping to complete the process in two years. I do not want to create a contest, but I know that the MMCI membership can do more cards sooner and faster than the HPOCA! On a good day, we estimate a team of two can record 300 cards.
My challenge (and plea) to you would be to call Mary Ann at 641-228-1099 and schedule a time convenient for you to go to the Floyd County Museum at Charles City, Iowa to help preserve this valuable Minneapolis-Moline information.
See a video produced by Jeff Laleman of their NT Experimental Tractor https://www.youtube.com/user/mmcollectorsclub