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ORGANIZATION: Matthews Heritage Museum

  • 13 people are interested
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The Museum is open Thursday–Saturday, 10am-4:30pm

The Matthews Heritage Museum in historic downtown Matthews is looking for individuals to serve as docents. Do you like to learn? Do you like history? Join our dedicated group of women and men who are conducting guided tours of the Heritage Museum.

You will learn the local history of Matthews, from the early settlers to the present, and share the stories of yesteryear with our guests. You will also learn about Tank Town, the African American community in Matthews.

Each volunteer is asked to take one shift of 3 hours once a month. Shifts are AM: 10 to 1, PM: 1 to 4. In addition to learning history, you will enjoy getting to know this interesting group of docents. A training class will be offered to all new docents.

2 Shifts

  • 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
    Morning Shift
  • 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Afternoon Shift
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About Matthews Heritage Museum

Location:

232 N. Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105, US

Mission Statement

The Matthews Heritage Museum provides educational and engaging interactive experiences for all ages, but particularly children. 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.

Description

Housed in the 1879 Massey-Clark House, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Matthews, the Matthews Heritage Museum is a step back in time. In the Early Commerce Gallery learn about King Cotton and the early days of the railroad. Imagine cashing a check at the Bank of Matthews, and see part of the original bank interior on display. Listen to telephone switchboard stories while looking at an old crank phone and switchboard.

Children and adults will enjoy exploring the Lifestyles Gallery, imagining a time before electricity and running water. Schools were a vital part of the community. Porches were the center of living, particularly in the summer in an effort to stay cool. Learn what was different in the kitchen at the turn of the century.

Our Community Gallery allows you to discover the many activities that happened at the local drug store. You can also investigate the early set up of the doctor’s office or hear wonderful stories about the local pool. A display of Outen Pottery, hand-thrown pots made from local clay, is of great interest.

Snippets from the Matthews Remembered and Outen Pottery DVD play for the audience in the Lifestyles and Community Galleries. The hallway panels give visitors insight to early Matthews.

Tour groups are welcomed by our knowledgeable docents. Please call 704-708-4996 to make tour arrangements.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Seniors
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts

WHERE

232 N. Trade StreetMatthews, NC 28105

(35.1177,-80.72042)
 

SKILLS

  • History
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • one 3 hour shift/month; must attend training
  • love of history, talking with people

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