May 14, 2020
First Community Bank’s Kenny Gerhardt, senior vice president of teller operations and treasurer of the Old Independence Regional Museum, presents a donation to Alan Bufford, president of the board of directors at the museum. Originally constructed by the WPA in 1936, the museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. It opened as a museum in 1998 and has since been restored. Its exhibits are interpretive and educational.
Gerhardt said, “Since visitors at the museum are at a standstill amidst social distancing, First Community Bank believes that it is very important to keep funding the museum due to its temporary loss of income. The museum is an important historical landmark that preserves artifacts and archival materials pertaining to the history of Independence County and the surrounding counties.”