Great Southern Music Hall

Fall 2022 – Main Exhibit Hall

We are so excited about our fall exhibition! The Great Southern Music Hall, Gainesville’s iconic 1970s concert hall, will be the focus of the new exhibition in our main gallery.

We are still looking for memorabilia so if you would like to loan photos, ticket stubs, posters, t-shirts, etc. for the upcoming exhibit, message John Moran at 352.514.7670 or email

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Elmer Harvey Bone

Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall

The Matheson History Museum is privileged to house the Elmer Harvey Bone Photographic Collection. Bone was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, in 1885 and moved to Gainesville, Florida, in 1925. An avid photographer since a young age, he first opened a studio with Mr. Van Sickle but then later opened his own studio in downtown. He “retired” at age 83 but continued to photograph events around town. This city lost a great artist when he passed away in 1976 at the age of 90.

The collection consists of over 10,000 photographs and negatives from 1929 to 1969 showcasing a visual history of Gainesville and its people. He photographed everything from homecoming parades to construction sites to group picnics to individual portraits to river baptisms. He saw beauty in the everyday mundane and routine. We are excited and honored to showcase his work!

(left) Portrait of Jack Brown, delivery man for Bell Bread – 1935, (right) Portrait of Oscar Robinson – 1946, by Elmer Harvey Bone

Handcrafted History: Alachua County in Scrapbooks

Main Exhibit Hall

Our collection is home to a variety of scrapbooks that were created by clubs and organizations throughout Alachua County. They give unique insight into our collective history.

Images from a scrapbook created by the Hague Home Demonstration Club, courtesy of the Matheson History Museum