MUSEUMS IN TRAER
Residents of Traer, both past and present, have provided the good, solid foundation for this community. They have established homes, raised children, built businesses, taken risks, dreamed dreams and lived in this space we call Traer. Whether it was on a farm nearby, or a house in town, they have called this community home.
TRAER HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Originally conceived in the 1970s, the Traer Historical Museum took residence in the former Farmers Mercantile Co. building in 1989. The museum houses items relevant to North Tama County, including representative vignettes from the early 1900s and Traer business memorabilia. Special exhibits include a Tama Jim Wilson display, historical editions of the Traer Star-Clipper and a 3 inch ordinance rifle from 1864.
The museum is a viable part of the community and has offered quilt shows, Parade of Christmas Trees, ice cream socials, teas, Soup Days, art displays and participation in community celebrations.
Tours & Hours
Open Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm
Become a member of the Traer Historical Museum for as little as $5.00.
Contributions of $10.00, $25.00, $50.00, $100.00 or other amounts are also sincerely appreciated.
The Traer Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Traer
and northern Tama County and to communicating the values of our past. It is maintained through the
voluntary efforts of our Board of Directors, community members, and through voluntary donations.
To make a donation, please contact Sharon Stoakes.
Traer Historical Museum
414 2nd Street, Traer, IA 50675
SALT & PEPPER SHAKER GALLERY
Our gallery features the amazing salt & pepper shaker collection of long-time Traer resident, Ruth Rasmussen.
Begun in 1946 with Brookfield Zoo souvenirs, her collection eventually outgrew the two small sheds behind her home. The collection was purchased by the City of Traer in 2008 and fundraising began to create a permanent home for the more than 15,000 sets of shakers.
Today, the Traer Salt & Pepper Shaker Gallery boasts the largest collection of publicly displayed shakers in the Midwest and is designated an "Iowa Great Place." Come see us and Wind Up in Traer!
Salt & Pepper Shaker Gallery
411 2nd Street, Traer, IA 50675