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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Opens Tribute Exhibit

TRAER, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) --- The Traer Historical Museum is pleased to announce Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Governor, will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the museum's exhibit The Man in the Field with His Coat Off: The Story of James "Tama Jim" Wilson.  The event will take place at the museum in Traer Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. Also attending the event will be Senator Charles Grassley, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and other dignitaries.
To honor Traer's most notable citizen "Tama Jim" Wilson, whose cabinet experience as the fourth U.S. Secretary of Agriculture spanned sixteen years (1897-1913), the Traer Historical Museum has developed an informative exhibit detailing Wilson's accomplishments and his impact on both farming and the United States Department of Agriculture. Wilson's vision of partnering science with farming revolutionized agriculture and under his guidance the USDA grew by leaps and bounds becoming one of the most important federal departments.

Always devoted to "the man in the field with his coat off," Wilson's numerous endeavors on behalf of the American farmer left a lasting imprint on an important chapter in our country's history. One hundred years since he left office in 1913, he remains the longest tenured United States cabinet member having served four terms under three different presidents - McKinley, T. Roosevelt and Taft. The exhibit highlights Tama Jim's lasting contributions to America's welfare.

The Traer Historical Museum, located at 514 Second Street, Traer, Iowa is a non-profit, volunteer organization. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and display items of historical and cultural interest which tell the story of Traer and northern Tama County from settlement to the present.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Traer Museum, the Tama County Cattlemen's Association and the Tama County Pork Producers.

Funding for the exhibit was provided by the Tama County Community Foundation, Black Hawk County Gaming Association and private donors.
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