FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
||Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
|RoAnn Bishop, curator of agriculture and industry
N.C. Museum of History
Commissioner Troxler to loan antique tractor to N.C.
Museum of History,
but first he’ll take it for a spin
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is loaning his recently restored 1943 John Deere LA tractor to the N.C. Museum of History for exhibit. He’ll drive the tractor from the State Fairgrounds to the history museum, located at 5 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh.
Thursday, June 4. Troxler will begin his journey to the museum at 9:30 a.m., traveling down Hillsborough Street from the fairgrounds. Estimated time of arrival at the museum is 10 a.m.
The tractor, which Troxler spent 18 months restoring, was on display at the Got to Be NC Festival at the fairgrounds last weekend. The John Deere will take up residence in the museum lobby, which also houses Chevrolet stock cars driven by racing legends Junior Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Sr. The tractor will be on exhibit at the museum for an extended period.
The N.C. Museum of History’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information is available at www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. The Museum of History is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
This won’t be Troxler’s first tractor trip on Raleigh streets. He drove a modern-day John Deere to the Agriculture Building (next door to the museum) after being sworn in as agriculture commissioner in February 2005.