He was Old Threshers.
Moore died nearly three months ago at the age of 64, leaving a sizable hole in the hearts of the hundreds of volunteers who bring the festival together every year.
About 50 Threshers board members and volunteers gathered inside the
"When Lennis came here, this building was filled with rows and rows of stuff," said
The inside of the building will now be known as the Lennis Moore Exhibit Hall, which will be expanded with another display next year. Williams also revealed a number of plaques hanging around the inside of the museum, each one paying tribute to Moore.
"Back in February, Lennis designed the last display he drew up," McWilliams said. "We will be building that display in the next year. It will deal with antique cars and trucks at a service station, trucking over the road and rural fire departments. We took our fire station down at the north village, and we're going to encompass all of that into this exhibit."
That's in addition to displays inside the museum that re-create traction steam engines, a family farm house from 1915, American farm implements, the Printer's Hall and the
"It's a tough year with Dad being gone," said Moore's son,
The retired gunslingers of the
"It wasn't too hard to get the guys interested. Everyone jumped at the opportunity," said retired gunslinger
Hamm is one of the original nine gunslingers of the
"I walked through the
By 1981, the simulated town was teeming with life. Saloon girls perform bawdy songs every hour, and blacksmiths dressed in 1890s garb spend day and night working the forge.
"Lennis was also a buckskinner and liked the Old West, and he would stop by periodically," Hamm said. "He never took the limelight. He was not a glory hound. He was kind of the subtle guy behind the scenes."
"He was a true artist, from what you can see in this building. I never heard anybody say a bad word about Lennis," Sommer said.
O'Grady said it feels strange not to have him at this year's festival. Both men knew Moore for more than 20 years.
"Lennis was very visible. Very visible," O'Grady said.
Threshers board member and steam engine operator
"We're moving on, and that's what he would want us to do. But we all miss him," Gilchrist said. "He told us more than once that the organization will keep going. And we are."
Midwest Old Threshers will continue today through Monday.
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