(Anita) The Iowa Pioneer Music Museum was broken into sometime last week and several valuable collection items were stolen. Bob Everhart, Curator of the museum says the break in was discovered last Friday night during intermission of a show at the “Old Oak Tree Opry.” Everhart says the perpetrators broke into a hidden window in the back of the museum.
“We don’t understand this kind of invasion,” stated Everhart. “This isn't something a thief would do unless they were very, very, very, knowledgeable about the value of those country music items.”
He says the missing items include; a new Tom Swatzell Dobro, Johnny Cash autographed photograph, two Johnny Cash harmonicas, a Tommy Cash practice guitar, and June Carter’s autoharp fingerpicks.
Bob Everhart says the museum does not make any money so they have scheduled two benefit concerts next month to help pay for the repairs to the back of the building.
“We have to find a way to raise $600.00 to block up the back of the building,” Everhart said. The first benefit concert is planned for October 12.
September 24, 2012
10:00 a.m. news