Welcome to the Matthews
Historical Foundation. Since its inception in 1987, the Matthews
Historical Foundation (MHF) has been a non-profit organization
comprised of dedicated volunteers. The mission and goal of the
foundation is community service through the restoration and
upkeep of The Reid House and surrounding property as well as bringing
Matthews history to life.
Photos from MHF Annual Fundraiser Dinner
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are available at the following locations:
Matthews Heritage Museum
Matthews Community Center
Museum now open
Matthews Remembered DVD for sale now
at the Matthews Heritage Museum and the Depot
Matthews Historical Foundation Celebrates 25 Years
2012 marks the 25th
anniversary of the Matthews Historical Foundation. Nancy Reid, Dr.
Reid’s youngest daughter lived in the Reid House, 134 West John
Street, until her death July 26, 1986. Upon her death, the house was
willed to a grandniece in South Carolina. Having no desire to
relocate her family to Matthews, the question loomed as to what would
become of the Reid House. A group of Matthews citizens, led by Kress
Query, was formed in an effort to preserve the house. After much
discussion, the Reid House was gifted to the newly formed Matthews
Historical Foundation in December, 1987. It has served the community
as a special event rental facility since 1988.
In 1998, the
Foundation began hosting the Annual Autumn Dinner, a fundraiser held
at Santé Restaurant. In 2000, the Board began awarding the Fullwood
Restoration Award, a bronze plaque given to a Matthews homeowner who
has re-furbished his property. In 2006, 1900 Day at the Reid House
was held and in 2007, the Community Meetings began. After much
preparation, the Foundation published Matthews Memories
in 2009 and hosted the Matthews Home & Garden Tour.
In December, 2009,
the Foundation purchased the Massey-Clark House, 232 North Trade
Street. Partnering with the Town of Matthews, they began and
completed the total restoration of the property in 2010. At the same
time, they completely refurbished the Reid House. In 2011, the first
Discover Matthews Day was held and discussions for a permanent museum
beginning, the Foundation has been comprised of dedicated volunteers
interested in preserving Matthews history. As proud owners of the
Reid House and the Massey-Clark House, as hosts for educational
programs and events, the Foundation has demonstrated their desire to
“preserve the past for the future”.
A Letter To Our Members and Friends
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out more about our Matthews Memories Cookbook, Matthews Cross Stitch
Patterns, and Reid House Landscape Project.
The second printing of
Matthews Memories is available now.
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