Wednesday, November 27, 2019

‘Cool’ gift

Foundation funds replacement
of museum climate equipment

The Plymouth Historical Museum will be a lot more comfortable for visitors following a grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation .
The foundation awarded a $40,000 grant to the museum to replace three aging and failing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) roof top units with more modern and energy efficient units.   The museum currently has six rooftop units, and three of them were more than 28 years old.
The grant allowed the museum to replace these three  units with new, more efficient machines. The upgrade ensures that the temperature inside the building which houses nearly 200 years of collections and artifacts will remain constant year-round. The units were replaced in August by Expert Heating & Cooling.
The Margaret Dunning Foundation was founded by Ms. Dunning in 1997. She was born in 1910 in Redford Township and moved with her mother to Plymouth in the 1920s. During her lifetime, Ms. Dunning was a successful business woman, philanthropist and civic booster. She was a major supporter of many Plymouth nonprofits, including the Plymouth District Library and the Plymouth Historical Society. In addition to her personal philanthropy, Ms. Dunning was a classic car enthusiast and was a regular participant in the Woodward Dream Cruise with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.
Ms. Dunning died in 2015 at the age of 104. Her estate provided additional funding for the Margaret Dunning Foundation, which continues to support her charitable interests and legacy. For more information: