Become a Member

Become a member of the Matheson History Museum. The museum offers student, individual, family and senior membership rates. The museum also welcomes sponsorships from for-profit and nonprofit organizations. 

Membership Levels
Student - $15
Individual - $30
Senior Individual - $25
Family - $40
Contributor - $100
Benefactor - $250
Sponsor - $500
Patron - $1000
Investor - $2500
Circle of Friends - $500 annual pledge
Lifetime - $10,000

Pay online:  Click here. A "donate" screen will appear. Please enter the dollar amount for the membership level of your choice  (see membership levels above). There is a space for an optional note should you wish to leave one. The contact information you enter on the PayPal donation page will be used for your new or renewal membership. Thank you!

Pay by mail: Please download the form below and mail it in with your check.

For more information, please contact Dr. Peggy Macdonald: Thank you!

Brick campaign

Honor a loved one and help support the furnishing of the new Library & Archives building, located in the former Melting Pot building at 418 East University Avenue, with everything from chairs to shelves to computers.

  • Bricks are $250 each.
  • Bricks are 4" x 8" and are engraved using the state of the art laser technology, ensuring long lasting strength and durability.
  • 3 lines of text with 20 characters (including punctuation) per line is available on each brick.
  • The  bricks will be installed at the foot of one of the two front doors facing University Avenue.
  • To order you can download an order form by clicking here or pick one up at the museum.
  • If you prefer to pay online you will still need to fill out the order form but you can click here to pay via PayPal. This link will take you to a "Donate" page. You can add a note (e.g., "brick") in the "note" section on the PayPal website. 
  • The first brick order (for bricks purchased by Dec. 31) has been installed. We are now accepting orders for the second installation of bricks outside the front doors of the new Matheson Library & Archives.

Completed brick order forms can be scanned and emailed to, or can be mailed to the Matheson History Museum, 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601. Please call the museum at 352-378-2280 if you have any questions or to place an order for a brick(s) over the telephone. Thank you for helping us complete the new Matheson Library & Archives!

Board President Anita Spring sits for a portrait by artist Rob Smith. Photo courtesy of Annie Morien.

513 E University Avenue Gainesville FL 32601 US
Hours:      11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday

The museum also holds special events at night and on the weekends. Please see our events page for updated information. The Matheson History Museum is free and open to the public (donations are encouraged).

Phone:     (352) 378-2280

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The Matheson welcomes volunteers with a passion for local and Florida history. We are always in need of docents, digitization and collections assistants, research assistants and more. For more information, please contact Dr. Peggy Macdonald at 352-378-2280 or email

Architect Jay Reeves (center) completed both the Matheson Library & Archives and the Matheson History Museum, which was originally the American Legion Hall. Photo courtesy of Annie Morien.

Matheson Library & Archives Unveiling

On February 16, 2017, our new library and archives in the former Melting Pot building opened to the public. Originally the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle, the building was beautifully restored by architect Jay Reeves and Joyner Construction.

The Matheson Library & Archives unveiling opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 16, 2017. Many thanks to the generous donors and museum patrons who helped us complete the transformation of the former Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle and Melting Pot building into our new library and archives!  Photo courtesy of Annie Morien.

Board Vice President Larry Reynolds leads a champagne toast commemorating the official opening of the Matheson Library & Archives. Photo courtesy of Annie Morien.

Board Secretary Greg Young and Treasurer Larry Lokken enjoy the festivities. Photo courtesy of Annie Morien.

Local musician Cathy DeWitt with her husband, Rob Rothschild, who was the first employee Hope Meucci hired to work at the Melting Pot fondue restaurant when it opened in 1982 in the building that is now the Matheson Library & Archives. Photo courtesy of Annie Morien.

Hope Meucci, the original owner of the Melting Pot fondue restaurant at 418 East University Avenue, donated hand-dipped chocolate strawberries and shared her memories of the Melting Pot during the Matheson Library & Archives unveiling Feb. 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Annie Morien.

Historic preservationist Melanie Barr with Matheson Director Peggy Macdonald. Melanie discussed the history of the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle building as the keynote speaker during the Feb. 16 unveiling. Photo courtesy of Anita Spring.