“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” -Helen Keller
It is amazing to think how many people have been touched by Dave’s dream- by this farm, the website, and the stories that are passed on. Volunteers, donors, members, sponsors and our community- we thank you. You made this happen. We appreciate your continued support as we continue to grow- to educate, to share, and to inspire.
Wessels Living History Farm- Celebrating history and making some of our own!
Our 12th season increases the visitor total to 57,178 from all 50 states and 52 foreign countries. The farm hosts 9 rentals, 9 weddings, 12 special tours and 10 large events this year. In addition to the numbers, we have other things to be proud of…
Wessels Living History Farm (WLHF) strives to carry out Dave Wessels’ dream to educate. A steady increase in the number of classes taught on the farm brings this year’s total to 71! The hands-on experiences of the farm remain the driving force in the success of our educational programs. Several schools were welcomed to the farm for the first time this year, as well as home school groups, church groups, and families. WLHF hosted statewide learning opportunities for different programs and educational events which brought guests from out of state. The positive reviews from educators, parents and students have propelled our program into one we think Dave would be proud of.
As promised, WLHF has increased the farm demonstrations and educational opportunities for all ages during 2017. A series of presenters, made possible by Humanities Nebraska, shared their love of Nebraska history- many with live music! Farm demonstrations with antique equipment attracted guests from across the state and provided the opportunity for some to participate and re-live moments of their past. Several guests- many local, some from out of state- joined us during our events to share their knowledge and skills relating to life on a 1920s farm.
One of the most important WLHF projects this year was the completion of the new equipment display building, made possible through contributions by the York Community Foundation, York County Visitor’s Bureau, private donors, and a match by Reinke Manufacturing, Inc. Another unique opportunity for WHLF — The York Area Ag Hall of Fame finally found its permanent home on the south wall of the new equipment display building. Plus, an annual Celebration of Agriculture has been established through a collaboration with the York News Times. A lot of work will be completed during the winter- we are very excited to reveal the space in spring of 2018!
On the order of community outreach, I am pleased to report that we have increased our involvement with community activities and strengthened partnerships with other organizations and businesses. WLHF has been present in local and state celebrations, tourism activities and other gatherings which promote our community.
The Great American Eclipse was an amazing experience, one we are honored to have had the opportunity to share with over 1200 guests to the farm! The time and effort put into making that experience one to remember for guests from around the world was well worth it! We made many new friends, some have already stopped back for another visit!
As we plan for the 2018 season, we realize that the Wessels Living History Farm Endowment held at the York Community Foundation can only provide limited funds for the operation of the farm. For this reason, we are seeking sponsors for our events as well as funding to maintain our historical structures on the farm. We are currently running a “One board at a time” campaign to raise the funds needed to replace/repair the siding of our horse barn. If your family or business is interested in partnering with us, please contact myself or any of our current board members.
We invite you to join in the community support of Wessels Living History Farm so that we all may continue “keeping Dave’s dream alive”!
Hillary Mundt, Director Wessels Living History Farm
Please help us thank these folks for their time, support, and interest in the farm. Collaboration with our community strengthens us all.
Bucks Hollow Llama and Alpaca Ranch
Camelid Kids 4-H Club
E-Free Church, York
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, York
Emergency Management of Seward & York Co.
Faith Lutheran Church, York
FFA, York Public Schools
GTR Pivot Service
Independent Business Consulting
Max Country/ KAWL
Nebraska Tourism Commission
Neville Construction Co.
Plains Equipment Group
Quick Ins. Agency
Reinke Manufacturing, Inc.
Rasmussen Auto Supply
Sahling Kenworth Inc.
Teammates, York Public Schools
York Area Senior Center
York Chamber of Commerce
York Community Foundation
York Equipoment, Inc.
York News Times
York Visitor’s Bureau
York Volunteer Fire Dept.