Step into Iowa's past

In addition to antique tractors, the Heartland Museum in Clarion is hosting "The New Face of Agriculture" exhibit, sponsored by the Wright County Farm Bureau.
What do you do when your county has five smaller museums, each wanting more visitors? You combine them under one roof and offer a complete experience in rural living.

That’s what happened in Clarion about 20 years ago. Five groups — the Arts Council, the Historical Society, a local teddy bear artist, an antique tractor group and the caretakers for the 6,000-plus hats of Alvina Sellers, better known as “Iowa’s Hat Lady” — decided to merge.

“It was a pretty disparate group,” says Mary Tesdahl, co-president and volunteer for the Heartland Museum. “How were we going to get these five groups...

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