Wessels, reinke partner to educate and inspire
(YORK, Neb. – September 21, 2016) – Wessels Living History Farm of York, Neb., announces a partnership with Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Deshler, Neb., to expand operations and celebrate agricultural history.
Reinke will match up to $100,000 in donations to Wessels for an expansion to its current machine building located at the Farm. The estimated 4,000 sq. ft. structure will house many of Wessels’ farm machinery exhibits that are currently in storage awaiting a permanent, protected display space.
In addition, Reinke will provide a single tower display from its 1968 Reinke Pivot System #2. This display will be stationed outside of the new structure. The company will also include an interior display dedicated to the history of the organization and its founder, Richard Reinke. Additional display space to showcase the history and progression of other agriculture industry leaders will be available. The added space will also allow the museum to accept donations of farm equipment from other individuals and organizations.
“The Reinke expansion project creates a unique opportunity for the Farm,” said Wessels Board President Russell Heine. “Having access to a piece of technology, a piece of history, which literally changed the face of agriculture, is incredible, and we cannot wait to share it with our guests.”
“We recognize the obligation and opportunity that we have to educate our community about agriculture and to encourage and excite the next generation of farmers,” said Reinke President Chris Roth. “Wessels Living History Farm is committed to showcasing the authentic history of Nebraska agriculture. We are honored to be a part of this history and are fortunate to be able to partner with such a dedicated organization.”
The York Community Foundation recently showed its support by responding to Wessels’ grant request for $50,000. This Foundation, which manages the estate of Dave Wessels, will give $50,000 to the expansion project, following the completion of the initial $50,000 being raised. Additional community grants are under review.
Wessels Living History Farm is currently in its eleventh year. Wessels was built upon the vision of Dave Wessels, a York area farmer, whose dream was to share the history of agriculture with future generations. The Farm is known for its live demonstrations and hands-on activities and intends to include as many interactive and experiential exhibits as possible throughout the expansion project.
Reinke is the largest privately owned irrigation company in the world. Since 1954, Reinke has been a forerunner in the advancement of agricultural education and technology. The company is heavily involved in agriculture education and advancement through partnerships and outreach across the country.
For educational resources and more information about Wessells Living History Farm, visit www.livinghistoryfarm.org. To learn more about Reinke, visit www.reinke.com.
For more about this project and how to get involved, contact Russell Heine, Wessels Living History Farm Board President. Phone: 402-366-9748.
To show support for this project by giving, please visit Wessels’ online donation site via Razoo: www.razoo.com/us/story/Reinke-Machine-And-Equipment-Expansion
Donations may also be mailed to Wessels Living History Farm, c/o Dave Ochsner, 5520 S. Lincoln Ave., York, NE 69467.