Executive Board

The Illinois Rural Heritage Museum is proud and honored to have the support and guidance of a high powered Executive Board.

Helen Case Brigham is the great-granddaughter of J. I. Case, founder of the Case Threshing Machine. Helen comments, “My great-grandfather would support my enthusiasm for preserving our American Heritage”.

Darius Harms is a well-known collector of numerous interesting classic tractors. He is one of the leaders of the I & I Antique Tractor Club which hosts Historic Farms Days in Penfield, IL., and also the Half Century of Progress event held in Rantoul, IL. He was president of the IH Collectors-Chapter 10 for 10 years and is now serving on the Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Charles “Chuck” Hartke is an Illinois farmer who has served the public as Illinois Director of Agriculture and as a State Representative. Chuck has a keen interest in preserving the history of Illinois Agriculture.

Dave Maschhoff is Senior Consultant for The Maschhoffs of Carlyle, IL. They are currently ranked 6th in North America and 11th worldwide in pork production. They are one of the largest family owned companies in this business. The Maschhoff family collects and exhibits Case Steam Engines and very early Case Threshing Machines.

Sherry Schaefer is the energetic owner and editor of the Heritage Iron and Oliver Heritage Magazines. Sherry covers equipment shows and special farm equipment with a professionalism and enthusiasm that shows her deep interest in the history of agriculture.

Greg, Nathan, and Kendal Peterson (aka the Peterson Farm Brothers of Assaria, Kansas) are siblings who farm together with their parents. They produce entertaining and educational videos that teach others about agriculture and it’s misconceptions on their YouTube channel and other social media pages. Aside from their production on social media, they travel around the country to speak on the need to and how to advocate agriculture. They have opened their farm up for public tours to further help the education process. Through all of this they hope to educate the general public on where their food comes from and what a real Midwest family farm looks like. Greg is a 2013 graduate of Kansas State majoring in agricultural communications and journalism. Nathan is currently a student at Kansas State and Kendal is in High School.

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