The Hays Antique Truck Museum is moving. I am saddened by this news in one way because Woodland has been the home for this fine collection of antique trucks since its founding in the 1970s by A.W. “Pop” Hays, who happens to be my father.
The members of the board of the directors for the museum, the members of the trucking industry, community, loyal members and friends and those wonderful volunteers have enabled the museum’s effort to preserve and to present the history of trucks and the trucking industry over the years. No doubt the generations to come will appreciate your efforts to keep the museum a viable institution.
As a Hays family member, as a former museum volunteer and as director emeritus of the truck museum, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your generosity and for your dedication.
Many have asked why the move is being made. Financial reasons provided the motive, and an opportunity to relocate in Reno —offered by the National Auto Museum board of directors — prompted the decision. The board of directors also decided to make the move before the end of December so that the trucks and the artifacts could be moved safely to their temporary storage facility.
It is my hope that this decision to relocate the museum will prove to be a good one, promising a bright future for the Hays Antique Truck Museum.
Alice Hays Gibbons