The ag museum gets artsy

tractor sculpture 2015Although tractors may not traditionally bring artistic visions to mind, the Heidrick Ag History Center appreciates art as much as the next collector. In the coming year the museum will add several art additions, including the installation of a captivating metal tractor sculpture outside, as well as, a proposed rotating art gallery exhibit inspired by agriculture called “Art Alley”.

In order to complete this vision, the museum is seeking donation of a non-functioning, early twentieth century tractor.

“We saw a tractor sculpture that we really like; after some brainstorming we have been working with city officials to create a local landmark ,” Executive Director Lorili Ostman said, “It is about 20-feet tall, and it will have a total of three tractors on it.”

Ostman explained that the museum has two of the three pieces needed to complete the sculpture , a Caterpillar 22 and a Cletrac, but needs one more larger piece for the top.

NEEDED tractor NEEDED Tractor

The museum is looking for pieces such as these to showcase as part of the sculpture. They do not need to be in working condition. Please contact 530-666-9700 if you are interested in making a donation!

“The two tractors we have will appear to climb the pillars of a metal a-frame pillar, and our hope is that someone will have something just a little bigger that represents another transition of early tractors,” she continued, “We only need a tractor skeleton, no engine of working parts.”

Anyone interested in proposing a piece for the sculpture can email a photo and information to, or call 530-666-9700.

Although the museum will release more details regarding “Art Alley” in the coming months, the curatorial team is busy working to designate a portion of the museum to agriculture inspired art with rotating art exhibitions, featuring paintings, photography, and sculpture by local and regional artists. Look for the Heidrick Ag History Center to be fundraising for the exhibit at First Friday Art Walks at the Barth building at 423 First Street in downtown Woodland.

A Golden Night

Last weekend the Heidrick Ag History Center had the pleasure of showcasing Kibbles & Bids, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary’s annual fundraiser. 

Did someone check their drivers licenses? Three Golden Retrievers pose behind the wheel of one of our many antique trucks at the Hays Antique Truck Museum, a part of the Heidrick Ag History Center.

Guests were greeted by friendly Goldens while they sipped premium wines and brews and tasted samples from some of the area’s outstanding restaurants and caterers.

Heidrick Ag History Center staff member Rocio cooks up tacos on the museum's unique tractor grill!

Live bands performed both inside the museum and in our beautiful courtyard patio while guests perused silent auction offerings, took chances on terrific raffle items, snapped photos with friendly Goldens, and got the opportunity to see our unique museum collection. 

The fundraiser helped to support the mission of Homeward Bound, which is to rescue and heal displaced, abandoned, and homeless Golden Retrievers and Golden/Labrador mixes throughout Northern California, no matter their age or health.  During 2011, Homeward Bound has already rescued 539 Golden Retrievers.

The Heidrick Ag History center is avaible for events and meetings of all shapes and sizes!  For more information about using the Heidrick Ag History Center for your upcoming event, please contact Event Coordinator Liz Steiner at

Photos by Rob Nabity.