The Matthews Heritage Museum offers tours to a variety of groups. Programs for school aged children are designed to meet Common Core and Essential Standard Goals for the North Carolina.
Discovering our Community: This tour is geared for 2nd and 3rd grade students exploring life at the turn of the century using Matthews and its businesses as an example of life in a rural town. Children will partake in several hands-on experiences to make history come to life. Approximately 45 minutes.
This is Matthews: This tour is given to seniors and civic groups scheduling a group tour. They will learn about Matthews’ history and the citizens who made the town what it is today. Approximately 60 minutes.
Cost: $4.00 -- Adults over 17
$2.00 – Over 10 – 17
Free – 10 and under
After a year of research, the Matthews Heritage Museum opened a groundbreaking exhibit “Tank Town: A Good Place to Live” which ran from February - October 2019. Included in the exhibit were findings on the area once known as Tank Town, now Crestdale, a neighborhood in Matthews. This area was settled by former slaves and freedmen after the Civil War. The exhibit explored the people, their lifestyles, jobs, schools, and community organizations of this neighborhood. Permanent display of some artifacts are now housed in Museum and Town Hall Lobby.
The exhibit brought to life the history of the churches of the area including Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and the United House of Prayer. Included was information about the “shot-gun school house” and the Matthews Colored School built with the help of the Rosenwald Foundation. Early residents were highlighted in the jobs they held and the way they lived. This opportunity showed how this community developed, grew, and its hope for the future.
A special teaching unit was developed for 3rd grade classes, which meets Curriculum standards. This unit can be downloaded for FREE.
Tank Town Teaching Packet Part One
Tank Town Teaching Packet Part Two
The Matthews Heritage Museum in conjunction with the Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents and other historic sites is participating in the publication “Passport to History.” This booklet features approximately 12 historic sites in Mecklenburg County that families are able to explore.
This booklet is aimed toward elementary aged children and their families. Each site has a page in the booklet that asks questions, and a page to provide an activity. A child would answer the questions after a visit to the site and complete the activity. A signature from someone at the site would verify the visit.
When all sites have been visited, and all questions answered, the booklet should be submitted to obtain a patch for the completion of the project. Booklets will be sold at each participating site.
Payton Bjurstrom, a Senior Girl Scout is completing this project to obtain her Girl Scout Gold Award.
The Matthews Heritage Museum is located at 232 N. Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105. It is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 to 4:30. Admission.
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.