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Boone County Heritage Museum board member and Arvest Bank representatives present for the check presentation were (from left) Robin Reeves, Anika Palmer, Marcille Lawrence, museum executive director Toinette Madison, Cody Gregory, Scott Tennyson, Ralph Gene Hudson, Chris Dorman, Troy Massey and Julia Eaves.

Keeping a roof over the heads at the Boone County Heritage Museum just got a little easier after a gift from Arvest Bank.

The museum recently received a grant from the Arvest Foundation in the amount of $3,000. The gift will help fund replacement of a section of roof for the building, solving the problem of leaks in the current roof that also threaten historic exhibits in the museum.

“This gift completes our remaining need in order to receive a matching donation of $10,000, so we are extremely appreciative of the Arvest Foundation for its generosity and for valuing the preservation of the history of Boone County,” said Toinette Madison, executive director of the Boone County Heritage Museum.

“We appreciate the work of everyone at the museum, and its volunteers, during the past 30 years to provide wonderful exhibits and artifacts from local and state history,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “It’s important for that history to be preserved as a time capsule for Arkansans and visitors from out-of-state to enjoy.”

The museum currently features exhibits or collections that include a Military Room, All Wars Room, Medical Room, histories of Dogpatch USA theme park and Duncan Parking Meters, among others. Visitors may also enjoy “Monday at the Museum” the last Monday of each month and Thursday night trivia nights. Plans for a sesquicentennial celebration of Boone County are currently underway.

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Well done, Scott and team! Congratulations, Toinette and everyone at the BCHM, on keeping a roof over the heads of so many of our community’s memories!

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