Manila Museum receives Entergy Grant

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Pictured (from left) are members of the Manila Museum Committee, Linda Donovan, JoAnn Bennett, Calvnita Halfacre and Donna Jackson. Presenting the Entergy grant to the Manila Museum is Matt Faries, P.E. customer service.

Manila's Main Street Museum project received a $750 grant from Entergy. The presentation was made on Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, by Matt Faries, P.E. customer service manager. Members of the museum committee on hand to receive the award and express their appreciation to Entergy were JoAnn Bennett, Calvnita Halfacre, Linda Donovan and Donna Jackson.

The new museum will be located in the former Miranda's building on main steet. It is undergoing renovations. The present museum has outgrown the train depot where it is housed. Once the museum is expanded, both buildings will be utilized to preserve the history of the area.

The grant money from Entergy is earmarked to create a New Madrid Earthquake educational area in the new museum.

"The program will be geared to students who visit the museum each year," Jackson said. "We are planning on creating a video to be presented in our media room and offer a hands-on display simulating the earthquake. We are excited about our new location and hope to get started on getting it ready to open after the first of the year."

Faries said he was pleased make the presentation and visit the site of the museum.

"Ms. Donna worked above and beyond the grant process," Faries said. "She stayed with the process meeting all of the grant criteria."

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