"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."
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28
Open Friday and Saturday, November 29, 30
Closed on Thursday, December 26
Open Friday and Saturday, December 27, 28
Currently on Display
Toyland for the Holidays
The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce its new exhibit TOYLAND opening November 16, 2013 in time for the holiday season. This exhibit features the toys of yesteryear. What better way to enjoy the fall and coming holiday season than stopping by to see the wonderful array of old toys that are on display? A variety of toys from the turn of the century to the fifties will bring a smile to your face whether you are a child or a child at heart!
Of interest are the windup toys including a 1929 Zilotone with six musical discs that play tunes like “Farmer in the Dell” and “Listen to the Mockingbird”. A real favorite is the Merrymakers Band, a band of mice playing various instruments.
See the progression of materials in toys over the decades, from cast iron and tin of the early 1900s to rubber and plastic after the War. Roll-Over Pluto, inspired by Disney, is joined by “Tippy”, the windup Scottie Dog. And most young ladies will enjoy seeing the 1950 dolls on display that crawl or “drink and wet”.
Learn about Hopalong Cassidy and see the number of marketed items his character produced, including cap guns, wrist compass and wallet. Come see what Santa brought to the children of yesteryear, as your children share with you their desires for the newest toys.
Are you looking for the perfect little gift for a grandchild or friend? The Museum Store has wonderful old fashioned wooden tops handmade in North Carolina. We also have the Matthews Remembered DVD, the Matthews Memories Cookbook, small candles and soaps. Perfect stocking stuffers, if you’re thinking holidays.
Look for the Matthews Heritage Museum to be featured in the December 2013 issue of Matthews Monthly magazine.
Pick up a free copy of Foundations, the Matthews Historical Foundation newsletter, at the museum.
Photo Courtesy of Town of Matthews
Paula Lester was honored for her work preserving the history of the Town of Matthews by the Matthews Town Council. She was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state's highest honor, and the keys to the Town of Matthews. Paula is the current president of the Matthews Historical Foundation, author of two books on the history of Matthews, recipient of the Nancy Glenn Community Service Award, past member of the Matthews Town Council, and currently serves on the Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission. Paula moved to Matthews in 1994 and is passionate about her work in local history. She has led the way to turn the Massey-Clark house into the current Matthews Heritage Museum as well as renovating the Historic Matthews Reid House. To learn more about her work and the Matthews Historical Foundation check out the Town Newsletter and www.matthewshistoricalfoundation.org.
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.
Barbara Taylor, Director, Matthews Heritage Museum, Matthews Alive Parade August 2013
Jane Clark, Suzanne Gulley, Nancy Troutman
The Massey-Clark House was built c1880 by Dr. Henry V. Massey, a physician and Civil War veteran. Jane’s grandparents purchased the home from the Massey family in 1925.
On a pretty August day, Jane Clark stopped by to see the Museum and visit with Nancy Troutman and Nancy’s sister Suzanne Gulley. Nancy and Jane were best friends growing up, both graduating the same year from East Meck. Jane grew up in the Massey-Clark House, moving there with her family to live with her grandmother Susie when she was 5. At that time, Susie had one side of the house and Jane’s family occupied the other. Although both families had their own kitchens at the back of the house, everyone ate together in Susie’s kitchen. Jane’s brother Oliver died at 14. When Jane’s parents died in 1976, Jane, who had moved from the area, made the home available to the Town of Matthews in 1977.
After Jane’s visit, she emailed a note “I had a great time visiting the new Matthews Heritage Museum. I so appreciate all that you and the folks in Matthews have done to ‘love’ my home and make it into something that captures the history of the town. I am sure my grandmother and parents would be so happy to see what has been done. Thank you.”