Hemken Collection is open for the season

Williams auto museum features American cars

The cars of the Hemken Collection in Williams are polished and ready for visitors. The museum’s 16th season began Wednesday.

WILLIAMS – The Hemken Collection in Williams opened for its 16th season on Wednesday.

A new display includes a hand-crank music box donated by Ernst Ramsden of Fort Dodge, a member of the Northern Iowa Association for the Preservation and Restoration of Antique Autos, said museum curator Ann Hemken.

The museum features 65 autos from 1947-1948 which include Packards, Nashes, Hudsons, Buicks, Chryslers, Studebakers, Oldsmobiles, Lincolns, Fords, Chevrolets and Cadillacs.  Among the collection are a 1919 Stutz, a Rolls Royce, a 1914 Model T Roadster and a limited edition 1949 Playboy.

On display are also treasures of Williams and Northeast Hamilton County history. The top floor features kitchenware and farm items from the early 1900s through the mid-century. It also features books, tapes and CDs that can be checked out, said Hemken.

Among the book collection are several which Hemken used as a teacher for 25 years at Northeast Hamilton Elementary School. Also in the book collection is a series of books which feature cars as the main character.

The Williams High School Class of 1950, Hemken’s graduating class, is honored with a display of memorabilia.

Hemken, a native of the Northeast Hamilton area has preserved her childhood toys and games and several other area residents have donated similar items. Added to this year’s collection are a pair of 1930 – 1940 era roller skates, donated by Paulelda Gilbert from her uncle Cletus Harrold of Palmer.

“Come join us for rolls and coffee and lots of car talk,” said Hemken.