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Preserving Old Vehicles

by ANNE MCCUDDEN

A glimpse at the Thomasville History Center's donated items

In many cases, museums have farm equipment, vehicles and large pieces of machinery. They must decide whether they will keep them running or maintain them as display pieces. In our case, the three cars are operational; the fire truck is not. The decision of whether to preserve a collection item as a working piece of machinery comes down to many factors. These include how safe is it to operate, are there readily avail- able mechanics and repair people who can fix it if something goes wrong, will it better address our educational and programming goals if it’s in working order, and most important of all, do we have space to store it safely and securely?

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