The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce its newest exhibit on the handwork of women of days ago. The exhibit "Made By Hand" is a compilation of saved and savored items made by our mothers and grandmothers featuring tatting, crocheting, embroidery and lace making. There are also samples of cut and drawn work.
The art of the needle is a skill that is no longer often practiced. But in early centuries women used needlework to make things. Girls were instructed how to make and sew clothes as well as repair them. Often they also learned other stitches to create things of beauty.
In 19th c. America girls were taught their numbers and letters by doing a “sampler”. Generally, these were done with counted cross-stitch, but they could also use embroidery stitches. Occasionally to show their proficiency a young woman would combine several of these skills to make a special piece for herself and future husband.
The exhibit will feature the work of these women in the variety of needlework mentioned above. The exhibit includes doilies and a doll’s dress; hairpin and Irish Lace, even baby booties and a crocheted cup, saucer, and plate!
Come visit and remember the handiwork of your mothers and grandmothers. Examples of each of these types of handiwork will be on display through May 26.
The Matthews Heritage Museum located at 232 N. Trade Street is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 to 4:30 p.m. It is FREE the first Saturday of every month, otherwise there is a small admission fee.
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.