Exhibits, events at the Matheson History Museum

The main museum building at 513 East University Avenue hosts all programs and exhibitions. It is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm.


Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters

Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall

This exhibit is based on Rick Kilby’s award-winning book. The former traveling exhibit was created by the Florida Museum of Natural History and was donated to the Matheson by author Rick Kilby. The exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation and magical spring-fed waters.

Liberating Learning? The Story of Desegregation in Alachua County Schools

Opens November 8 – Main Exhibit Hall

This new and original exhibition will explore the history of desegregation in Alachua County.


Idylwild Cowgirls with Debra Segal

Thursday, November 16, 6pm – FREE

Local author, Debra Segal, will share about her debut young adult novel, Idylwild Cowgirls. Set in southwest Gainesville in the 1970s, it is a wonderful tale of friendship, adventure, and of course, horses. A book signing will follow.

Lincoln High School: Its History and Legacy with Albert E. White

Thursday, November 30, 6pm – FREE (pre-registration via Eventbrite required)

Lincoln High School Alumni Association president Albert E. White will share about the history and legacy of the beloved school. A book signing with co-author Dr. Kevin McCarthy will follow the presentation.

Desegregation in Alachua County with Michael Gengler

Thursday, December 7, 6pm – FREE (pre-registration via Eventbrite required)

Author Michael Gengler, a graduate of Gainesville High School, has done extensive research on the desegregation of public schools in Alachua County. The research will be published sometime next year. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing him speak about his findings.

What the Lions Saw Book Launch

Thursday, December 14, 6pm – FREE

Join author Mae Clark and illustrator Justine Andersen for the launching of What the Lions Saw. 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.

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