Saturday February 11, 2017 thru Saturday June 24, 2017 At 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Matthews Heritage Museum and the Western North Carolina Region of the
American Red Cross are joining together to put on the exhibit “A Century of Helping Hands”
in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the American Red Cross in Mecklenburg County. The
exhibit opens February 4 and will run to June 24, 2017.
Many Red Cross chapters were founded in the US in 1917 as part of the effort to
serve soldiers in World War I. The US entered the war several years after the war in
Europe started. The number of local chapters jumped from 107 in 1914 to 3,864 in 1918!
Woman gathered to roll bandages often serving through their church, and locally the
Red Cross served the soldiers at Camp Greene. They were called upon to find housing
for visiting girl friends, when hotels were not available or too costly. They also provided
several nurses for Camp Greene.
The Matthews Chapter was established in 1937. Canteen funds were given to help
veterans. During WWII our Mecklenburg Chapter was called upon to assist with Pearl
Harbor and by January 1942, $94,000 was raised. The Blood Donor Program began in
1947. Four years later the American Red Cross provided Gamma Globulin to “Help
Fight Polio”. In 1954, disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Hazel helped 1500 families.
Recently, the Charlotte Chapter operated a 16-day shelter for Hurricane Katrina
The Museum, located at 232 N. Trade Street, is open Thursday to Saturday from
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A small admission fee is charged. We are free to the public the first
Saturday of every month. To schedule a tour for school children, home-schoolers or
senior groups, please call 704-708-4996.
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