"Matthews Heritage Museum provides educational and engaging interactive experiences for all ages. The museum strives to nurture a healthy respect for the forward thinking of the early settlers and help guests reflect on the business environment, lifestyles and cultures of those early Matthews townspeople."
“Trains Under the Tree”
The Matthews Heritage Museum at 232 N. Trade Street is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit “Trains Under the Tree” on November 19, 2016 on display through January 21, 2017. Matthews was a town that grew because of the influence of the train. For a time about ¼ of the work force made a living from the trains.
At the turn of the century, this form of transportation was memorialized in toy form. ` The sound of the wheels rolling on metal rails, the smell of the smoke from a steam locomotive and the warm electric hum of the transformer bring back memories of Christmas and hobby times past. Lionel model trains have been an integral part of American history for fathers and sons since being introduced in 1901. From wooden push trains, to wind up trains, to battery powered and electric, trains have long been a part of childhood.
The Matthews Heritage Museum and the Western North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross are joining together to put on an exhibit in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the American Red Cross in Mecklenburg County. The exhibit will open February 4 and run to June 24, 2017. Currently we are looking for personal stories how the Red Cross might have been of help to you, your family or your community.
Has the Mecklenburg Chapter of the Red Cross ever helped you or family members as a result of a fire? Maybe your mother or aunt made bandages, or served in a canteen during WWII. Maybe a blood donation helped someone in the US Air crash in July of 1994. If you have a story you would like to share, please call Barbara Taylor at the Matthews Heritage Museum in Matthews at 704-708-4996 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce that it has over 200 books on World War I and World War II as well as other military topics for sale. Through the generosity of Craig Marek, of Matthews, we were offered over 275 books including a complete series of Ballantine Illustrated History of WWII. The series was divided into Weapons (43 books), Battles (31 books), Campaigns (29 books), and War Leaders (31 books)
The books were well-written by a who's who of Military Historians of the late 60s and early 70s. In 1973, the series was retitled The Illustrated History of the Violent Century, and added books on World War I, the war in Southeast Asia, and the Middle East conflict. Two additional sub-series were added (Human Conflict and Politics In Action) to address points of history that occurred outside of the wars. The series totals 156 books.
These and other books on the Third Reich, ships, Civil War, air craft history and other topics are listed at the links below. The books are listed by topic as well as alphabetically, complete with title, author, condition, and cost. The books are for sale at the museum, located at 232 N. Trade Street in Matthews. They will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
The Historic Landmarks Commission has developed a video explaining the significance of the Outen Pottery and its potential for Matthews's future.
View the video featuring Dan Morrill.
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Congratulations to Lanelle Owenby (L) and Christina Bryan (R) who were named Docents of the Year for volunteer work at Matthews Heritage Museum. Shown with Museum Director Barbara Taylor (center).
Lanelle Owenby and Christina Bryan, Matthews Heritage Museum Docents of the Year, are featured in the annual Matthews Alive Parade 2016.
The Matthews Heritage Museum docent, Jacob Wyns, used archival materials to create a web project about the history of Matthews. Check out this link to learn more about Matthews, North Carolina, A Town in Cultural Transition.
The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce that it has added a new feature. The Museum has put up a “Little Free Library” in front of the museum. Like other library’s it’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.
In the beginning—2009–Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. The Museum is hoping to feature books based on history, though we will allow any book to be placed there.
Our “Library” was built by Jason Surface, son of one of our volunteers. It is a miniature version of the Massey Clark House, 1880, which is the home of the Matthews Heritage Museum.
The Matthews Heritage Museum is open Thursday – Saturday from 10 – 4:30. Guided tours are available to the visiting public. Schools can schedule a guided tour by calling 704-708-4996. Admission is $4 per person, $2 for young people 11-17, children 10 and under are free. Parking is available on the street and behind the museum.
Matthews Heritage Museum, Matthews North Carolina