Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society invite the media and special guests to observe the loading and hauling of a 1912 Wood Brothers grain thresher from a Naperville, IL farm to Mount Carroll, IL. The grain thresher was donated to the Naperville Heritage Society by the Wheatland Plowing Match Association upon its dissolution in 2014. The Naperville Heritage Society was recently awarded a $72,209 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to clean, stabilize and conserve this historic piece of farming equipment. Conservator Ralph Kennedy and equipment hauler Jason Haas of JP Haas, Inc. will prep, load and truck the thresher. Kennedy and Haas will address the gathered group and provide a brief explanation of the loading and hauling procedures. This grain thresher will be the centerpiece of an exhibit in the museum’s new Agricultural Interpretive Center, which is currently under development. This event is not open to the public.

Loading will be rescheduled if bad weather is forecasted. The decision to cancel will not be made until Thursday, October 6.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. (Loading time estimates 2 hours) Friday, Oct. 7

WHERE: Thresher location is at the farm east of the corner of Book Road and 104th Street; access via service road.

ABOUT NAPER SETTLEMENT: Naper Settlement is a family-friendly outdoor history museum featuring 12 acres of learning and interactive opportunities for all ages. Located in downtown Naperville, Naper Settlement is just steps away from dining, shopping and the Riverwalk. Visitors are immersed in history as they learn about the past and how it relates to the present. Highlights include special events, programs and activities year-round. Each year, over 140,400 visitors, including 35,000 northern Illinois schoolchildren, experience hands-on history at Naper Settlement. For more information, visit napersettlement.org.