Hemken Collection to open Wednesday

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Teresa Wood Ann Hemken, board member of the Hemken Collection in Williams, stands beside the 1939 Packard Club Coupe which was known as "The Lady" because of its ornate hood ornament. The museum will open for its 16th season on Wednesday, May 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.



WILLIAMS –The Hemken Collection, located on Main Street in Williams, will open its 2018 season on Wednesday, May 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Daryl Hemken collected cars from the golden age of the automobile over a period of 50 years. He was especially fond of 1940-1950 Packards, said his wife Ann, who currently serves on the museum board.

Although Hemken died in 2002, the sixty-plus collection remains on display and features Hemken’s first acquisition — a 1914 Model T Roadster — along with a limited edition 1948 Playboy, a 1970 Porsche and a 1933 Rolls Royce.

The Hemken Collection is housed in a 1901 historic building which served as a grocery store for many years, said Ann. It now houses the automobile collection in addition to service station memorabilia, vintage signs, pedal cars, bicycles, toys, and household items from the 1940s.

This marks the 16th year for the museum which also features a library of automotive literature and memorabilia displays of Williams area history.