We are so excited to share some very important news with you. Many of you know that the Mandarin Museum building in Walter Jones Historical Park was opened in 2004 – thirteen years ago. Since then we have collected many historical objects, photographs, documents and pieces of Mandarin art. We want to show the community more of what we have, but we have, in fact, outgrown our space.
So…we are launching a museum expansion campaign that will give us one more exhibit room and a larger archive/collection/work room. The new exhibit space will be a special and designated Maple Leaf gallery. We will be able to expand and refresh the fascinating Maple Leaf story with more artifacts and documents.
Adding that space will also allow us to reopen our Art Gallery to rotating art depicting  Mandarin scenes and Mandarin artists as well as special shows. We will be able to expand our Harriet Beecher Stowe displays and add new stories and objects that have never been displayed before.
This will take some time, as we must raise the necessary funds, apply for a matching grant and then build. We expect it will take until 2019 to accomplish. But we are starting now!
And, we are off to a terrific start due to the generosity of several residents who we will name in future communications.  We need to raise $100,000 to apply for the grant and we already have half of that, before announcing our plans.
Please, if you would like to talk with us about a major personal or business gift or a fundraising idea or a contact with an interested party, give us a call at 268-0784 or send an email to and a Board member will meet with you. If you would like to make a donation, just click “DONATE” at the bottom of the website homepage for a safe way to donate or send a check to MMHS PO Box 23601 Jacksonville 32241.
This project will be like the schoolhouse project – it will take the support and help of the whole community. We know we can do this and we welcome any one who would like to be part of the team.
Sandy Arpen for the Board of Directors