The Matthews Heritage Museum and the Western North Carolina Region of the
American Red Cross are joining together to put on the exhibit “A Century of Helping Hands”
in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the American Red Cross in Mecklenburg County. The
exhibit opens February 4 and will run to June 24, 2017.
Many Red Cross chapters were founded in the US in 1917 as part of the effort to
serve soldiers in World War I. The US entered the war several years after the war in
Europe started. The number of local chapters jumped from 107 in 1914 to 3,864 in 1918!
Woman gathered to roll bandages often serving through their church, and locally the
Red Cross served the soldiers at Camp Greene. They were called upon to find housing
for visiting girl friends, when hotels were not available or too costly. They also provided
several nurses for Camp Greene.
The Matthews Chapter was established in 1937. Canteen funds were given to help
veterans. During WWII our Mecklenburg Chapter was called upon to assist with Pearl
Harbor and by January 1942, $94,000 was raised. The Blood Donor Program began in
1947. Four years later the American Red Cross provided Gamma Globulin to “Help
Fight Polio”. In 1954, disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Hazel helped 1500 families.
Recently, the Charlotte Chapter operated a 16-day shelter for Hurricane Katrina
The Museum, located at 232 N. Trade Street, is open Thursday to Saturday from
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A small admission fee is charged. We are free to the public the first
Saturday of every month.
To schedule a tour for school children, home-schoolers or
senior groups, please call 704-708-4996. You can also contact the museum regarding a tour to email@example.com. Reservations for a guided tour are necessary.
Matthews Heritage Museum located at 232 North Trade Street,
downtown Matthews, North Carolina 28105
Open Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for individuals over 17, $2 for individuals 11 or older. Free for children 10 and under. The first Saturday of every month is free.
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.
The Museum is beginning to get scouts, senior groups and schools to schedule tours at the museum. We are looking for volunteers to join the already dozen women and men who are conducting guided tours of the museum.
You will learn the local history of Matthews, from the early settlers to the present. Share the stories of yesteryear with our guests. Each volunteer is asked to take two shifts of 3 hours at the museum, or give two tours a month. Training is given on the first Tuesday of every month in the morning. In addition to learning history, you will enjoy getting to know this interesting group. Occasionally the volunteers will take trips to other historic sites of interest.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please call 704-708-4996 during our operating hours. Thank you for considering becoming a docent for the Matthews Heritage Museum…. Where children experience and adults remember.