Albany Historical Society

The Albany Historical Society will host their first pro-stock truck and tractor pull this weekend in Sabetha, Kansas. One of the original buildings on the museum grounds was a schoolhouse.

The Albany Historical Society will host their first pro-stock truck and tractor pull this weekend in Sabetha, Kansas. Alex Dawdy, president of the Albany Historical Society board, said the event will be the first of the season for the NK Pullers Association. “The museum has also held an annual threshing bee after Labor Day that always had antique pullers,” Dawdy said. “But this event will use modern tractors.” He said the funds raised during the event will be used to benefit the Albany Historical Museum. The Albany Historical Museum was inspired by a retired school teacher in the small incorporated community of Albany, Kansas. The town was located just two miles north of Sabetha, Kansas, and was founded in 1857. After the railroad decided to go through Sabetha, it became a ghost town. The museum began with two buildings that were already on site: the 1867 Albany School and the Waggner/Most house which is also from the 1800s. In July 1965, the school and grounds were acquired by the newly formed Albany Historical Society. Members donated most of the labor in restoring the buildings.

The Albany Historical Society will host their first pro-stock truck and tractor pull this weekend in Sabetha, Kansas.

Alex Dawdy, president of the Albany Historical Society board, said the event will be the first of the season for the NK Pullers Association.

“The museum has also held an annual threshing bee after Labor Day that always had antique pullers,” Dawdy said. “But this event will use modern tractors.”

He said the funds raised during the event will be used to benefit the Albany Historical Museum.

The Albany Historical Museum was inspired by a retired school teacher in the small incorporated community of Albany, Kansas. The town was located just two miles north of Sabetha, Kansas, and was founded in 1857. After the railroad decided to go through Sabetha, it became a ghost town.

The museum began with two buildings that were already on site: the 1867 Albany School and the Waggner/Most house which is also from the 1800s.

In July 1965, the school and grounds were acquired by the newly formed Albany Historical Society. Members donated most of the labor in restoring the buildings.

Over the years, other buildings have been built or moved to the site such as two cabooses, two more school buildings, train depot, post office, shoe shop and print shop. A blacksmith shop was built by society members.

“We are in the process of building two new buildings this spring,” Dawdy said. “We are working on a livestock barn that could be used to house animals found on a farm. We are also working on a pole barn for our engine display.”

He said there is a large collection of local artifacts, farm machinery and old automobiles. There are also items of use to researchers in Nemaha County history.

“Our basic theme is agriculture related items so we have antique tractors, engines and tools,” Dawdy said. “We try to display our horse equipment each year.”

The truck and tractor pull will start at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, on museum grounds.

The admission fee for the truck and tractor pull is $10 for those who are 10 years old or older. It is free for those under 10 years old. There will be a concession stand with food available for purchase.

While the event is a fundraiser for the museum, the buildings will not be open for tour during the tractor and truck pull.

The museum is located at the intersection of 204th Road and X4 Road. The museum is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A free will donation is accepted as entry into the museum.

For more information on the Albany Historical Museum, visit www.facebook.com/albanymuseum.

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