Thursday, January 5, 2023

Holiday gift

The year 2022 ended on a happy note for the Plymouth Historical Society members.

The society was awarded a grant of $65,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to renovate and enhance the railroad depot exhibit space on the Plymouth Historical Museum “Main Street.”

Grant to fund upgrades to railroad museum exhibit

A grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation will fund enhancements 
to the railroad depot exhibit at the Plymouth Historical Museum.
Plans include the complete renovation of the popular railroad depot exhibit with modern technologies, allowing visitors to walk inside and experience the sights and sounds of an early 20th-century railroad depot, museum officials explained. The idea is to showcase the role of trains and the local railroad station in Plymouth, circa 1885-1930, they added.

“We are so grateful to the Margaret Dunning Foundation for the support of our railroad depot exhibit upgrade, as well as all of the support it has provided the museum through the years,” said Executive Director Liz Kerstens. “We are hoping to be able to open the new exhibit when the museum reopens Feb. 8.”

The Plymouth Historical Museum is open to the public from 1 until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The facility is located at 155 S. Main St. in downtown Plymouth, next to the library. The museum will be closed Jan. 9-Feb. 7, for the construction and for an exhibit changeover to “Snapshots of Plymouth.”

The new exhibit will open Feb. 8.

Since 1948, the Plymouth Historical Society, also known as the Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum,, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and historical organization, has operated through the generosity of donors who value Plymouth's important history.

“The Plymouth Historical Museum is both proud and honored to be a valuable staple in the community,” Kerstens said. The museum is dedicated to the historic preservation of artifacts and archival materials relating to Plymouth history specifically and American history generally. For more information visit:

The Margaret Dunning Foundation, which is funding the exhibit upgrade, 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 businesswoman, 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: