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 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 with rotating art depicting Mandarin scenes and Mandarin artists. We will also be able to expand our Harriet Beecher Stowe displays and add new stories and objects that have never been displayed before.

This is a big undertaking for a volunteer driven organization. But we have passion and commitment and we are already off to a great start. Thanks to the generosity of Bhide & Hall Architects,  we have the complete architectural plans. Thanks to generous donations from private individuals, and fundraising events, we have raised $100,000.  Sixty per cent of the funds raised by the sale of Mandarin frogs have gone  towards the expansion, thanks to the Frog Man, Don Bowden.  Due to this level of support and the in-kind expertise of Bob White of R.G. White Construction,  we were able to apply for a Facilities matching grant with the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. If, awarded this grant, we will begin work on the project in the fall of 2019.

In addition, the Rotary Club of Mandarin selected the museum expansion project as the designated recipient of its “Laughs for Charity” fundraising event in April 2018. On August 21, the Rotary Club gifted Mandarin Museum & Historical Society with a $25,000 donation for the Museum Expansion Project, raised through that event. We are grateful indeed to all private and corporate donors.

If you would like to talk with us about a major personal or business gift or a fundraising idea, please give us a call at 268-0784 or send an email to mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net. A Board member will be happy to meet with you.

If you would like to make a designated donation of any size, please select the “Donate” button at the bottom right of this page, or send a check to MMHS, PO Box 23601, Jacksonville, FL 32241.

All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support of our mission.

Mandarin Museum & Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and is registered with the Fla. Div. of Consumer Affairs, Registration No. CH16204. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer services by calling toll-free within the state (800-5435-7352) or by contacting the Division at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.