Help Us Preserve the Past!
The Gaston County Museum of Art & History is an actively collecting institution. Every year, many artifacts, archival materials and pieces of art are added to our collection by the generosity of individuals and organizations that share the vision of preserving the rich and unique heritage of Gaston County.
What we do collect:
Items that belonged to a local family, business or organization
Items that were made locally
Items or documents that mention local people, places or happenings
The museum is eager to collect artifacts, art, documents or pictures that tell the stories of Gaston County. Most items received into the collection are of historic and/or artistic merit, and are used for the purposes of display, comparison, research, preservation, or to upgrade the quality and/or condition of the collections. Only artifacts with demonstrated authenticity, established provenance, and clear issues of title will be accepted by the Museum.
Due to regulations and policies issued by the Internal Revenue Service, the Museum cannot provide monetary appraisals of items offered for donation (or for any other purpose).
Professional appraisers perform this service for a fee. To find a licensed appraiser in your area, we recommend potential donors to contact the American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, or the Appraisers Association of America for a referral.
However, your donation is tax deductible. Speak with your tax preparer to assist in determining a monetary value for your contribution.
What we do not collect:
Historical artifacts from other parts of the country
Items that were purchased at an antique store or auction, where a local connection cannot be proven
Animal or plant specimens – these need to go to a natural history museum. As neat as they are, we have no dinosaurs.
How do I make a donation?
If you have items of local or regional historical significance that you would like to donate to the museum, please call (704) 922-7681 during normal business hours and ask to speak to the curator.
When you call, describe what your items are and where they came from. You may be asked if you can bring the item by the Museum or provide photographs for the curator to look at. If you cannot bring the items to the museum yourself, museum staff will want to visit you to see the items. Anything that is offered has to be evaluated for its condition and for its suitability to our mission and programming.
If the museum decides to keep your items you will be asked to sign a document called a “Deed of Gift”, which states that you are the legal owner of this item or collection, and that you are transferring all interest in and ownership of it to the museum.
Please be aware that donations do not go on exhibit right away, and that the museum cannot guarantee permanent exhibition of any items. After all, only a small fraction of our collection is on display at any given time.
Some objects are used for research or in educational programs rather than in exhibits. However, you may rest assured that your old treasures will take on new life as part of a growing documentary of the life and history of Gaston County.