Our goal is to finish the Downey Building project this year. To do
so involves finishing construction of a two-story, 40-foot-long
addition to the rear of the Downey Building, along with the
renovation of the building's interior. When Phase II is completed,
the Atlanta Museum will move from its current location in the
basement of the Atlanta Library. This will double the space
available for library needs, plus provide new storage and exhibit
areas for the museum.
In addition, the Palms Grill Cafe, which originally opened in the
Downey Building in 1934, will be restored, and rental income from
its operation will be used to help support the museum.
In order to meet that goal, we need
to raise $100,000 over the next several months to match the Illinois
Bureau of Tourism grant. For each dollar we raise, the state of
Illinois will give us a dollar, up to a maximum of $100,000. Would
you please help us match this tourism grant and help provide our
Atlanta community with:
Access to more
library books, resource materials, computers and community
An improved Atlanta
Museum, with the room it needs to preserve and exhibit its
A revived and
restored Palms Grill Cafe, a part of Atlanta's Route 66 heritage
that will help keep the museum operating.
Both monetary and "in-kind" donations will be accepted. Checks
should be made payable to "The Friends of the Atlanta Library and
Museum" and mailed to P.O. Box 166, Atlanta, IL 61723.
In-kind donations could include any and everything from building
materials to help complete interior renovation work (such as paint,
drywall and flooring material) to items needed to operate the museum
and cafe once the interior renovation work is completed. They
include metal shelving, office furniture, library tables, chairs,
file cabinets, used restaurant equipment, etc.
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These fine individuals, businesses and organizations are already
involved. It would be our distinct pleasure to add your name to this
Atlanta High School
Alumni Association Members
Wesley Goodin Estate
Atlanta Women's Club
Citizens of the
Atlanta Public Library District
Empire West Inc.
Illinois Bureau of
Logan County Board
Eli Lilly Foundation
Atlanta Rotary Club
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