Tag Archives: Downing House Museum


Featuring the: Downing House Museum, Boyer House, Memphis Depot, Carriage House, Summer Kitchen, Soldier in the Field Statue, & Gorin School Bell The Museum at 311 S. Main Street is getting ready to reopen for the 2019 season on May 1. It will be open each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through September 5 from 1:00 […]

Downing House Museum Hosts 3rd Annual Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past

The 3rd annual “Evening at the Museum – a Candlelit Tour of the Past” was held on October 19 and 20th at the Downing House Museum complex in Memphis. Local actors from the Memphis Community Players volunteered their time and talent to portray historical figures by narrating life stories to groups of patrons as they […]

US Bank Grant Helping Fund Two Programs at Downing House Museum

The Downing House Museum, a part of the Scotland County Historical Society, recently received a US Bank Foundation grant for $1700 as part of Community Possible Grant Program. Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. Grant requests are considered without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. […]

Downing House Museum Complex Set to Reopen May 1st

The Downing House Museum complex is getting ready to reopen for the 2018 season on May 1, 2018. The facilities will be open each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through September from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with volunteers available to provide guided tours to visitors. “We also try to accommodate visitors on other days by appointment,” […]

Downing House Hosts ‘Candlelight Tour of the Past’

The Downing House Museum Complex hosted “A Candlelight Tour of the Past” made possible in part with a US Bank grant on October 13 & 14, 2017. Patrons were given a glimpse of the past by listening to portrayals of historical figures from the community.  Patrons heard from a Memphis Town Leader from the 1800s– […]

Descendants of Original Pioneers Pay Visits to Scotland, Schuyler Counties

by Barbara Blessing On August 14 and 15, 2017, descendants of pioneer settlers converged on northeast Missouri to view the origins of their predecessors. Henry Hawkins Downing I and his wife Airy Hitch Downing were joined by five of their seven children to make the 1,000 mile trek to Missouri in 1834. Included with the […]

Downing House Museum Complex Awarded $2000 US Bank Grant

This grant project, “Opening the Doors of the Past to Future Generations” focuses on an effort to provide a greater number of our community’s children aged 12 and under, the opportunity to participate in historical and cultural activities. The ultimate desired outcome is to “Open the doors of the past to our future generations” by […]

Scotland County Historical Society Moving Forward With Relocation of World War 1 Memorial

The Scotland County Historical Society met on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Downing House Museum. Those present were: Laura Schenk, Joe Fulk, Willa Prather, Janet Hamilton, Elaine Forrester, Sandy Childress, Boyd Bissell, Jeanie Bissell, Rick Fischer, Teresa Fischer, Jim Cottey, Beau Triplett, Leon Trueblood, David Wiggins, Carl Trueblood, Julie Clapp, Harold […]

Downing House to Host ‘Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past’

The Downing House Museum Complex, as part of the Scotland County Historical Society, recently received a $2000 grant from the US Bank Corporation. US Bank’s guidelines for the grant specified that the grant should be used to provide opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work. With […]

Downing House Museum Complex News

The Museum Complex is now open for the 2016 season.  The Museum will be open each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by at other times by appointment beginning May 3rd and concluding on September 1st. Volunteers will provide guided tours through the Downing House, Boyer House, Summer Kitchen, Carriage […]