May 1st and May 4th are big days for the Wheels O’ Time Museum
The Wheels O’ Time Museum (WOTM) will open the doors to its newest season (the 37th) on
Wednesday May 1st, 2019 at 12pm.
“We have been working hard behind the scenes to get ready for May 1st, there is a lot of
planning ahead and lots of maintenance that are required to make things happening” said
Marcia Johnson, the museum operations manager.
The WOTM offers a glimpse of the life in Mid Central Illinois during the 20th century. It
encompasses five buildings and over 30,000 sq. ft. that host items representing transportation,
industry, farm and home life, as well as entertainment. The multiple exhibits are a mixed of
indoor and outdoor displays that welcome guests of all ages from adults to children, most of
them are interactive.
WOTM is developing plans for enlarging and upgrading its installations to include additional
rotating exhibits and new permanent displays.
On May 4th, 2019 beginning at 11am the public is invited to a dedication ceremony for a new
Illinois State Historical Marker. The Historical Marker commemorates R.G. LeTourneau and his
Carefree Steel House located at the Museum. The new marker is adjacent to the LeTourneau’s
Carefree Steel House which was dedicated and opened to the public one year ago. The
Carefree Steel House was donated to the Museum by Komatsu America. It was renovated
through the efforts of a partnership between the Museum, the Central Illinois Landmarks
Foundation and the Peoria Historical Society. The Historical Marker was underwritten through
a donation to the Steel House Revival Project by the Bielfeldt Foundation. Illinois State Senator
David Koehler and Bill Furry, the Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society will be
speaking at the Historical Marker dedication ceremony.