Downing House Museum board members Rhonda McBee and Julie Clapp accept a donation from US Bank representatives Rhonda Mathes, Beverly Shelley and Bill Kiddoo.

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. The U.S. Bank Foundation generously funds many nonprofit organizations in our communities. In order to make the most meaningful impact in our local communities, the grant focuses on the economic development issues tied to Work, Home, and Play. This award was funded as part of the Play area.

Museum volunteers will use the grant money to provide two separate community activities for families in the community. The first will be a fun evening for families at the museum complex on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. This will be accomplished by hosting an outdoor movie opportunity. “Family Movie Under the Stars at the Museum” will play on the lawn of the Downing House Museum at 311 South Main Street in Memphis, MO. A family-themed movie will be projected on a screen located between the Memphis Depot and the Downing House. The free movie along with drinks and snacks will be provided at the museum for families to enjoy. Families will be asked to bring a canned food item to donate to the local food pantry, their own chairs, blankets and pillows and join this free family event.

The second activity will be the 3rd annual “Evening at the Museum – a Candlelit Tour of the Past” on October 19 & 20, 2018. Local actors volunteer their time & talent to portray historical figures by narrating life stories to groups of patrons as they participate in a walking tour held in the twilight by lantern and candlelight. The past two performances have been sold out in 2016 and 2017, so the group is excited to be able to provide this cultural activity again – perhaps with new characters to enjoy.

Both activities will provide the community affordable opportunities to visit the museum and participate in fun and creative cultural activities with their families, neighbors, and friends.