A Leader in Preserving Our Rural Heritage

The mission of the Midwest Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa is "to preserve our agricultural heritage through education & entertainment". Our goal is to assure that future generations have the opportunity to experience the distinct culture, history, ethnic and geographic characteristics of Midwest rural communities. For over 60 years, Old Threshers annual five-day event celebrating life and work in the rural Midwest has been one of Iowa's premier tourist attractions.

Under the dynamic leadership of Board and staff, Midwest Old Threshers has grown to be the largest of its kind in the country, expanding its original annual event to over 130 acres of grounds and buildings.

The leadership of Old Threshers has determined that simply preserving the past is not enough. In recent years, the organization's growth and additional activities throughout the year have added to the development of Old Threshers. 

Success Stories:

In 2017 our biggest engine Case 110 went under another overhaul having all the paint removed and new front axle made and nice fresh coat of paint. Campground O row had electrical upgrade. All the ground trains had new axles and tires installed so they would be all matching equipment now. Also, a new EMS building built south of the ground to replace the outdoor tent and Pleasant Lawn School inside had a full restoration.

In 2016 our biggest engine Case 110 went under an overhaul having her old flues taken out and NEW flues installed. Also, Pleasant Lawn Schoolhouse in the North Village had all the rotting siding and new siding installed. Continued work done in 2016 was Shower restroom remodels in the steam land.

In 2015 Midwest Electric Railway had a lot of track maintenance work done on their railway to make sure everyone has a safe and fun journey around the tracks. Also new in 2015 was a brand new storage building for overflow equipment that to clear up the museums of seasonal storage. Continued work done in 2015 was restroom remodels.

In 2014 Bob and Penny Gilchrist had a lot to celebrate during the Old Threshers Reunion being honored by the Gilchrist Traction Steam Headquarters. This was a great addition to the grounds at Old Threshers. The building has many uses, not limited to meetings or registrations. Be sure and stop by to see many pictures and murals displaying the history of the steam area at Midwest Old Threshers.

In 2014 Midwest Old Threshers saw continued work on the restoration of trolleys, track & cars. We appreciate your help in keeping our railways safe & operational.

Operational support from the Old Threshers Foundation in 2014 gave the board the ability to support many smaller projects throughout the Threshers complex. Much gratitude is owed to the Old Threshers Foundation and all who support their cause.


We need your help to make a difference!


Midwest Old Threshers is a non-profit organization and relies on donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals like you. Old Threshers has undertaken a number of exciting projects over the years to improve the reunion and strengthen its ability to host additional programs throughout the year Halloween activities, and now the Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights. For more information please feel free to contact Midwest Old Threshers 319-385-8937 or email at info@oldthreshers.org.

Our goal is to demonstrate that rural communities can continue to be a distinct and lasting element of cultural, economic, and social life in this country.

How can you help?

The support of those who share a strong commitment and passion for our mission of celebrating and preserving our Midwest rural heritage will be critical to ensuring the successful and sustainable growth of the organization. Your support can be given in general to the organization for daily operations or to help drive a specific project at Old Threshers, like the Wright Family Events Pavilion, Richard E. Oetken Heritage Museums, Printers Hall, or even for the restoration of an artifact. Your tax-deductible donation can be made by mailing a check or money order directly to Midwest Old Threshers at: Midwest Old Threshers, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641. Donations of artifacts can be made by contacting Midwest Old Threshers at 319-385-8937

A thank you and confirmation of your gift will be sent to you.

The following projects chosen by Old Threshers will help to improve, update, and ensure the growth of the Association. We will gladly discuss any of the projects with you and explain the estimated costs and the benefits for Old Threshers.

General Projects:

New Doll House Exhibit  In Progress

Trolley Car Restoration - $50,000 In Progress
The project would help repair the trolley cars.

Campground Electricity - $26,000 
In Progress

This continuous project fixes non-working sites in the campground. We are also expanding and upgrading amperage.

Museum Public Address System: $6,000
This project would add the Heritage Museums to the public address system above or would create a standalone system for the museums.

Expand Main Stage (McMillan Park): $20,000
This project would expand the size of the cement stage in McMillan Park by adding to the spaces behind each existing sound wing. This would change the main deck area from 40’ x 50’ to a stage 60’ x 50’.

Restroom/Shower (small): $60,000
Based on an estimate from a local contractor, this would be the cost to construct a new restroom/shower facility similar to the small facilities located on the grounds.

Restroom/Shower (large): $100,000
Based on an estimate from a local contractor, this would be the cost to construct a new restroom/shower facility like the larger facilities located in the campgrounds.

Memorial Benches - $250 per bench

Memorial Picnic Tables on grounds - $350 for wood or $650 for aluminum

"Did You Know" Informational Panels - $300 per panel

Construct Two Lean-to Roofs on Heritage Museum B (west end) - $18,000

Tractor Signage (Heritage Museum and Tractorland) - $3,000

Concrete Sections of Trolley Barn - $30,000

New Trolley Building for Trolley Storage - $40,000

The following projects are larger capital projects that all have no cost estimates done on them at this time.

Restroom West of Office Area
Replace Old Threshers part of Chain Link Fence around grounds

General Operational Needs:
Equipment (maintenance related)
Tractors, trucks, mowers, forklift are all in need of general maintenance and repairs.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the exciting growth of Midwest Old Threshers with you and identify opportunities for you to lend your critical support to the organization. Please feel free to contact Old Threshers staff with questions at 319-385-8937.

Thank you for your support.



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