BIRD CITY – A new collection has found its space, and for the first time, the Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Association has a main office on show grounds, as well as meeting space and ADA-compliant restrooms.
The office building and visitor’s center constructed on the grounds in Bird City houses Howard Raymond’s vast collection of vintage agriculture-related shop manuals, factory and dealer reference books, pictures, advertisements, and other literature and printed materials.
The project was completed during a time when building materials were at a premium, so many repurposed materials were used to complete the interior. Some interior walls were constructed from pegboard instead of drywall, thereby increasing potential display space. Other walls were installed using recycled sheet metal, and door and window trim pieces were created from recycled barn wood.
A Dane G. Hansen Foundation grant helped complete the exterior framework and siding, along with plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems for the interior.