By Jan Erdahl

If you long for the days of songs with simple lyrics and classic harmonies join us at Ladies Night Out at the Museum on Thursday, September 10th, from 6:30-8:30 PM as we welcome the Doo Wops. This local Cedar Valley group began in 1994 when a single one song performance brought down the house and encouraged them to expand their repertoire and performance venues. Since then, they have completed three CDs and made countless appearances throughout the state. Their mix of humor with song provides a wonderful stroll through the classics of the 50’s and 60’s. Group members include Jim Girres, Nic Moran, Bob Moran, Justin Wagner, Joe Wagner, Randy Ruehs, Adam Campbell, Ted Gerdes, Denny Craun, Bob Trettin, Denny Ernster, Lance Banwart and John Timm. Tickets are $15.00 each and include three drinks, our famous hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and of course the music of the Doo Wops. For an additional dollar you can take a chance on winning our raffle basket. To purchase a ticket you may stop by the FFA Historical & Ag Museum at 408 Main during our normal hours (Tues. and Thurs. 10-4 and Sat. 10-2) or you may call the museum at 319-342-3619 to reserve tickets. This event is our annual fundraiser to support the museum. Grab a friend and enjoy an evening of fun!
Don’t forget your local museum offers a wealth of activities. This summer the Museum has hosted preschool-middle school students with a wide variety of summer enrichment activities, as well as just recently serving as host to Iowa’s Small Museum Group. This year’s exhibit “Picking the Good Life…Preserving America’s Heritage” features a wide range of collections that each are interesting in their own right, but are even more interesting when you learn the stories of America’s past that they tell. Take the 1926 Ford Model T touring car that is currently on display. Most people know that between 1913 and 1927 Ford factories produced more than 15 million Model Ts. But did you know that the engine was gravity fed and it had to back up steep hills to be able to keep running? This car belongs to local resident Randy Johnson. Come into the Museum to learn the rest of the story about the Model T and the other collections that are currently on display. See you at the Museum.