Johnson County Museum Opens New Exhibits Honoring Agriculture, Transportation
TECUMSEH – About 70 people attended Monday’s sneak peak of the agriculture and transportation exhibits at a converted implement dealership near the Johnson County Museum on the courthouse square in Tecumseh.
Sarah Williamson, museum president, said the new exhibits have man-appeal.
Williamson: “We have achieved at our museum -- our larger museum up on the corner -- about everything that happened in Johnson County from its beginnings to women and children, to businesses, to military and sports, but because we are part of an agriculture community and county we had to do something for our men, our farmers and women that are in transportation and farming.”
Displays include a replica of a barn façade with hay hook, an arsenal of farm tools and an old work wagon.
Williamson: “This wagon came from Johnson County and they had it. If you go by most of the farms in Johnson County you’re going to see wagons and farm equipment out in the yard – that’s their display of history. This is where that came from.”
The display includes a wheelright and blacksmith station.
Hans Heinrich Buethe left Germany with his wife and 12 children and arrived in the United States in 1858. The family walked from Illinois to Tecumseh while the wagon, pulled by horses, carried their possessions.
A replica of the wagon with canvass bonnet over hooped frames, highlights the main floor.
Williamson: They came over in 1858. They moved toward this way, Johnson County, in 1869, Heinrich Buethe did. Through the years they saved the stays from the old covered wagon and we had a lady in Kansas replicate the canvass for a covered wagon.”
Parallel to the wagon is a John Deere tractor from the era of the late 1940s to early 1950s. It was set up to include a farm wife bringing out lunch.
Tecumseh was first in rural postal service and first in rural electrification and Williamson said the story of its history is not complete without a reproduction gas station and transportation history.
Hub caps, oil cans and the Chrysler Plymouth dealership highlight the display.
Williamson: “Last night it was very enjoyable to see the farm people come in and talk about the different things that they had seen, witnessed or had done in the past and kind of remember.”
The exhibit will be open during museum hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.