The Beginning of a Dream
Since our Brockway Truck Show in 2004, the truck show committee has been incorporated into the Brockway Truck Show, Inc., a non-profit organization that manages the Brockway Truck Show in downtown Cortland. This show has been a great success by all possible standards. For some time this committee has been dreaming about the possibility of creating a Brockway museum where Brockways could be on display all year round along with the wealth of memorabilia and history of the manufacture, selling, service and use of the trucks.
In order to make that dream come true, a separate not-for-profit educational corporation called the Brockway Truck Preservation Association is in the process of being finalized that will run the Brockway museum.
At the same time as we were getting incorporated and looking for a location for the museum, the Homeville Museum that includes an extensive collection of war memorabilia and local history, was also in the process of becoming incorporated and looking for a new location. In addition, we became aware that there were several other excellent collections available locally. The consensus was that we would all benefit from a location that could house a variety of collections and that the diversity would draw a wider audience. We have collectively formed an umbrella corporation called the Homer-Cortland Community Agency, Inc. that is run by a fifteen member board consisting of four members from the Brockway Truck Preservation Association, four members from the Homeville Museum, four exhibitors (including Tractors of Yesteryear, a clock collection, and an antique fire truck collection), and three members from the community at large.
In 2006, The Homer-Cortland Community Agency, Inc. procured property to house these various collections. The requirements were an area that is temperature controlled for the smaller and more fragile items as well as an area large enough to house a rotating selection of Brockway trucks, the antique fire trucks and tractors, as well as clocks and other possible rotating exhibits.