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The Amazing Give

Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of North Central Florida’s day of giving – an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $15,000! The Matheson recently learned that $40,000 in program support from a Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant that we qualified for was eliminated due to state budget cuts. We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

On March 21-22, starting at 6PM on March 21, visit our Amazing Give page and make a donation to us. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 6PM on March 22.

All donations will support the Matheson’s mission of preserving and interpreting Alachua County’s history. As a private, non-profit we rely solely on donations and grants. The funds raised through The Amazing Give will support continued free admission to the museum and programs, the care of artifacts and the 1867 Matheson House, innovative exhibitions and programs, and our research library.

Join us for our Amazing Give kick-off party on March 21st! For more information about the Tacky Tourist party visit our events page.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

What the Lions Saw

The Matheson History Museum is thrilled to partner with master illustrator Justine Andersen of the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) to bring to life the beautiful book, What the Lions Saw. Written by Matheson board member Mae Clark, What the Lions Saw relates Alachua County’s history through the eyes of the twin copper lions that used to sit atop the north and south entrances of the 1885 Alachua County Courthouse. Readers will learn about everything from visits from celebrities such as Babe Ruth and Booker T. Washington to famous court cases held in the historic courthouse.

Justine Andersen is examining the creative process and telling the story of her life as an artist through her blog, Barefoot Justine. Check it out to learn more about this wonderful project!

We need your help and support to complete this exciting project. All donations will go toward the illustration and publication of the book. Thank you for helping us bring our community’s history alive! Please click here to donate or you may mail your check to 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32601.

Ways to Give

  • Gifts of Cash – Cash gifts can be used to support an area of special interest, to establish an endowed fund, or to support the Matheson’s exhibits and programs. Cash gifts received before December 31st will be tax deductible on this year’s tax returns.
  • Endowments – Endowments provide a perpetual stream of income that supports the museum’s future.
  • Real Estate – A gift of real property can help you avoid paying capital gains tax by making it a gift to the Matheson.
  • Securities – By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets.
  • Life Insurance or Life Income Plan – You may use one or more life insurance policies to make a future gift to the Matheson naming it as a percentage beneficiary of a new or existing policy or transferring ownership of a new or existing policy to it.
  • Bequests – Help us preserve the past for future generations by making a charitable bequest to the Matheson. Simply designate the Matheson History Museum as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust or other instrument.

If you have any questions about how to make a legacy gift, please contact Peggy Macdonald, Executive Director, at or 352-378-2280.

Financial Information

The Matheson History Museum is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization. The museum’s 2015 and 2016 IRS Form 990 and 2015 audit are available below.