The Heidrick Ag History Center is a Museum dedicated to enhancing people’s understanding and appreciation of California’s rich cultural heritage through the presentation of its collection and rotating exhibits. The Museum’s core collection was established by Fred Heidrick Senior and consists of rare examples of tractors, harvesters, trucks, autos, horse-drawn implements and other artifacts that tell the California story. The Museum continues to grow through the generosity of California growers and collectors.
Roll on in to capture an expanded glimpse of the culture of agriculture and invite your guests. Visit the Museum: Wednesday-Sunday | 10 am-4 pm | Closed Monday-Tuesday
Building an Outstanding Museum The Heidrick Ag History Center
1930s Fred Heidrick Sr. and his brother Joe show an aptitude for inventing and restoring tractors and other farm machinery. By the 1990s, they have amassed an important collection.
1982 A.W. “Pop” Hays sells his A.W. Hays trucking business and continues developing his collection of vintage trucks. He creates a nonprofit corporation and founds the Hays Antique Truck Museum to display the collection.
1992 Pop Hays passes away, and his son, Don Hays, takes over management of the Hays Antique Truck Museum.
1996 The Heidrick Museum Foundation begins to develop the facility that will become the Heidrick Ag History Center. The Foundation offers the Hays Antique Truck Museum space to rent, which allows it to move to a larger facility. In a 1996 news article, Don Hayes also notes that the Antique Truck Museum’s move is necessary because the truck museum property is being sold (Sacramento Business Journal, Sept. 23, 1996, pg. 9).
1997 The Heidrick Ag History Center opens at 1962 Hays Lane. The new facility includes a banquet room and kitchen, a courtyard, and glass corridors between two large exhibit halls. Agricultural exhibits are featured in the West Gallery. The Ag History Center’s tenant, the Hays Antique Truck Museum, occupies the East Gallery.
2008 The Heidrick Ag History Center transitions from family management under the Heidrick Museum Foundation to nonprofit status [501(c)(3)] under federal tax law.
2012 The Best 110 Steam Tractor arrives on loan from the Joe & Edith Heidrick Foundation.
2013 The Hays Antique Truck Museum moves their collection from Woodland, CA, to Reno, NV, to take advantage of new donor interest.
2015 Five replica buses added to the museum’s permanent collection, displaying early twentieth century rural education transportation called kid hacks. Circa 1912-1940.
The Heidrick Ag History Center’s California Story continues to enhance awareness of agriculture.
We are proud of our world class agriculture museum that is continuously growing.