On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Pleasanton Rotary Club welcomed Jim Collums as the guest speaker at its Club Social. The presentation took place at the Longhorn Museum in Pleasanton, which is also the site of Collums’ Antique Windmill Exhibit.
He was joined by his sister Janet Bartek, Pleasanton Rotary Club members, Poteet Rotary Club members and others in the community.
The grand opening of the collection was held earlier this year on May 15. The collection features windmills donated by Jim Collums, who has been restoring these beautiful structures of Americana since 1980. It was March of 2020 when the Pleasanton City Council approved the metal building to house the windmill collection on the museum grounds. It sits behind the big oak tree and features two overhead doors and an eight-foot concrete walkway, branded with a few small windmill designs by Collums.
Most of the windmills are from the 1850s to the 1920s. The collection was made possible by Collums and through the donations, assistance and support of many.