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Gaston County strives to make its programs, services and activities accessible to all. 

If you will require an accommodation we request that you contact our office at least 5 days before the event.”






July 24

Summer Drop-In Day Camp

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Ages 5-12


Drop-In Day Camp is back at the Gaston County Museum! This seven-week program includes hands-on activities, games, and crafts focused on a new topic every week. This year we are excited to present different occupations citizens of Gaston County worked in the 1800’s. Though this program is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12, Moms, dads, toddlers, and grandparents are invited to come join the fun!


This week we will be learning about how people got around in the 1800s. It is going to be all about trains, horses, and your own two feet. The program will also include a take-home craft.




July 25

Cartooning Camp

10 AM - 12 PM

Ages 10-14

$25 per camper

Sign up and try your hand at the art of cartooning! Campers spend 2 hours with professional cartoonist Dave McDonald, who guides them through making their own cartoon. Space is very limited so call early to reserve your spot!







August 6

Coffee with the Curator

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Curator Stephanie Elliott will identify objects and provide preservation assistance on pieces brought to the museum by visitors.  If objects are too large please bring photographs.  There will be no monetary appraisals and there is a three item limit per person.  During this program, object donations to the museum will also be considered. There is no appointment needed for this program and it is free and open to the public.  For additional information about this program, please contact Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, at 704-922-7681 ex 105 or at




August 8

Blues out Back Concert Series

Matt Walsh

6:30 PM- 8:00 PM



Gaston County Museum will host the performance of Matt Walsh, as part of their 16th Annual “Blues out Back” free summer concert series on Friday, July 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the museum. 

Doing 200 plus shows a year throughout the US with his rock guitar/drum duo, 'The Low Counts' or under his own name, Matt Walsh is a vocalist / guitarist / song writer from North Carolina. His sound is influenced by the energy and guitar tones from recordings that he heard in his youth, anyone from Link Wray to Robert Nighthawk to Black Sabbath. On any given night you'll hear him use those early influences to rip through and seamlessly combine the landscape of American sounds into his original music. The result reflects an influence of many genres of raw, unpretentious music– 50's Urban and Hill County Blues, various kinds of Rock, Hip-Hop, Psychedelia, Country, Rockabilly and Soul. Matt heard a lot of Piedmont Blues growing up in NC and he couldn't help but absorb and be influenced by it as well, which brings him to Gaston Museum for this rare solo performance.  

Blues out Back is held the second Friday of the month from May until September. The museum encourages folks to bring along blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic for an evening of great music with friends and family.


For a full listing of our 2014 Blues out Back lineup please click here




August 11

Historic Dancing at the Hoffman Hotel

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


The Red Hills English Country Dancers of York County, will perform at the Gaston County Museum. Dressed in clothing of the 18th and 19th centuries, the performers will demonstrate classical dances that were popular in the United States during the 1800s. Guests are encouraged to participate and learn some new moves.  For additional information about this program, please contact Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, at 704-922-7681 ex 105 or at







August 12

Terrific Toddler Tuesday - School Time!

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$2 per child

In this program children will learn about school during the 1800s. They will participate in fun games and lessons that would have been a part of their early education and will even have a chance to write with a quill pen!  The Terrific Toddler programs are designed for ages 2 to 5 year olds. These programs vary each month but relate back to art or history and may include a story, art project, craft, song, or tour of a part of the museum. Parental supervision is required.  For additional information about this program, please contact Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, at 704-922-7681 ex 105 or at






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