CADIZ - Nan Mattern, 78, serves as the executive director of the Clark Gable Foundation. She began putting the museum together in 1999.
Mattern has always had a knack for giving directions and helping those who might be bored or lost along the way.
For 11-and-a-half years, Mattern worked for the state of Ohio by helping tourist coming through the area.
NAN?MATTERN of Cadiz is April’s “Hey!?That’s My Neighbor” honoree.
Nan Mattern stands by one of the many walls in the Clark Gable Museum. The museum is stocked with photos, memoriabila and items that were actually in the house. Tours have been given to people all over the world.
Nan Mattern stands in the bedroom where ClarK Gable was born. The house where he grew up in Cadiz has been turned into a museum in memory of the actor. Mattern has been a part of the museum since its creation in 1999.
"I enjoy meeting people from out of state," said Mattern. "I love to laugh, have fun and I really like people."
Many of the people that stop to see the museum of "Gone with the Wind" are from out of state and even out of the country. Mattern pushes for the tourism in Cadiz and the surrounding areas. Tourism is a way to help the areas grow.
Mattern is originally from Kansas and came to this area more than 60 years ago, when she was 15 years old, to live with her aunt.
She came here to work and pay for school. She later moved back after marrying her first husband and has been here ever since.
When she first volunteered to take on the Clark Gable Museum, she really didn't know that much about the Cadiz- born celebrity.
It wasn't until Mattern became involved that she saw how humble of a man that Gable really was and how he pushed through tough times. She also noted that he became a very successful man and did not have a lot of schooling.
He was a self-made man who always gave back. He was the type of person that wanted to help.
Mattern connected with Gable because she grew not very wealthy, but was raised with a lot of values and was taught to be kind to everyone.
"He took (acting) very seriously and he knew he had to work at it. He was often times on time and very precise," said Mattern. "Learning this made me stay and be sincere with the museum. He was just as human as I am."
Mattern has gone above and beyond to perfect the museum, which is a replica of the house where Gable was born. She has researched the styles of the 1890s to make the museum as authentic as possible.
She has received multiple donations of memorabilia from all over. Norm Lampert is responsible for a vast majority of the Carol Lombard items that are in the museum. Visitors to the museum can see Gable's last will and testament, his army papers from when he served at age 41 and his 1954 Cadillac Deville, which can be seen during tours.
Many actors from "Gone with the Wind" have came to the museum for tours. During the 70th anniversary of the movie, two of the actors came to the museum. They will be holding a 75th anniversary party this September where two more actors will come in. The walls are lined with pictures of Gable from childhood when he was a student in Hopedale to pictures of him dressed as Rhett Butler. In February, in honor of his birthday, the museum will have cake and coffee.
During her tours, Mattern paints a picture of who Clark Gable was and where he came from.
Along with directing the museum, she also plans a motor coach trip to New York every year.
Her husband is Art Mattern and they have six children, 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
"It's nice to have family, I enjoy them all," said Mattern.
She said her husband is very supportive of her work with the museum since it keeps her out of his hair.
"The museum keeps me young and gives me that sense of youthfulness," said Mattern. "It allows me to give back to the community and keeps me involved. It has been my drive."