The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
has designated this gallery an "Iowa Great Place."
It displays the largest collection of salt and pepper shakers
in the United States west of the Mississippi River
and the second largest in the world!
The gallery features the amazing collection of Traer resident, Ruth Rasmussen. Begun in 1946, the collection contains examples of nodders, huggers, kissers, go-withs, hangers, minis, nesters, longboys, tallboys, condiment sets and many other types of shakers in porcelain, glass, ceramic, metal, plastic and wood. The
Rasmussen collection has been featured in the Guinness Book of World
Records, USA Today, the National Enquirer, and on the CBS Evening News with
Katie Couric, in addition to many other publications.
The gallery will also house thousands of sets of shakers
generously donated by other people.
To download a gallery brochure, click below.
THE TRAER SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER GALLERY IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION INCORPORATED IN THE STATE OF IOWA.
MAJOR FUNDING FOR THE GALLERY HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE FOLLOWING:
City of Traer
Many generous donations have also been received from private donors.
State of Iowa, Department of Cultural Affairs
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Dysart
Traer Development Corporation
Traer Community Foundation
Tama County Community Foundation
Farmers Savings Bank and Trust - Traer
Black Hawk County Gaming Association
If you would like to make a donation to the gallery, please send it to
Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery, 411 Second St., Traer, IA 50675,
or contact Ellen Young at 319-231-7654.