Our mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida, and surrounding regions.
Who Are We?
As a community museum located in an underserved area of Gainesville, we work to relay our local history to all, free of charge. Because of our extensive archives on the county’s history, we facilitate over 200 research requests and appointments each year from scholars, authors, and members of our community. We create 2-3 exhibitions each year as well as a robust schedule of public programs each month on diverse topics related to our mission.
The support of businesses, individuals and members is necessary for the Matheson History Museum to pursue this mission.
You can give online or by mail – gifts by check, credit card and money order; in the form of securities, life insurance and real estate; as bequests and from qualified retirement plans. Donors may also make a tribute or memorial gift to honor a special person or event.
Many families, individuals and businesses choose to donate historic records to the Matheson to be preserved, shared and studied for generations to come. Objects accepted include photographs, scrapbooks, print material, personal or business records and personal or business artifacts. To donate an item(s), please click on the blue button.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Matheson History Museum. They inspire us with their energy, resourcefulness and creativity. We are always in need of enthusiastic volunteers. If you can devote a few hours a week, contact us to discuss the best fit for your talents. Volunteer needs at the Matheson include leading 1867 Matheson House tours, processing archival collections, research, and office administration. Contact us through our online Volunteer Portal or call us at the office to get started – 352-378-2280.
Through your estate and financial planning, you may leave an enduring legacy to support the work and mission of the Matheson History Museum.
The Matheson is proud to be a part of the vibrant community in Gainesville and Alachua County. Local businesses can give back to the community and support our mission of preserving and interpreting our shared history through organizational or fundraising sponsorships.
Have questions? Please contact us!
The Matheson History Museum is a 501(c)(3) independent, non-profit organization.
The museum’s recent IRS Form 990s are available below.
- 2020 IRS Form 990
- 2019 IRS Form 990
- 2018 IRS Form 990
- 2017 IRS Form 990
- 2016 IRS Form 990
- 2015 IRS Form 990
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