By Janis Allen
Brevard – The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas (VHMC) is a small gem in the mountains of western North Carolina. Their mission is to honor veterans, educate the public, and preserve important historic artifacts, many of which are unique to this museum.
But they are more than a museum – they are a safe place for veterans, who gather to share stories; an educational site for school children, college students, and seniors; and, a meeting place for veterans’ groups, churches, civic clubs and more. VHMC draws thousands of visitors each year. Admission and all programs, including lectures and movies, are offered free of charge to the public.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the museum’s doors have been closed since March and will continue to be so until Phase 3 of our state’s reopening process. Recently, they applied for and received a $10,000 NC CARES Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, whose funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.
The VHMC Board of Directors, all-volunteer staff, and the community greatly appreciate this support which enables them to pay for operational expenses while closed and during an anticipated subdued period after reopening.
“We’re gratified that the NC Humanities Council included the Veterans History Museum in their humanities relief support,” said Michel Robertson, Director of Finance. “We made that case that our organization is about more than artifacts. We offer services to veterans, education to young people, a free lending library, lectures, historically themed movies and news broadcasts, and special exhibits that reflect our country’s history from 1917 through current day. Visitors experience history, literature, and even art through the exhibits and programs we offer.”
“Of course,” Robertson continued, “the museum is still highly dependent upon donations. To support our mission and perpetuate our service to veterans and to the public, readers may learn more about the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas at our website. www.theveteransmuseum.org. Our future depends on our supporters.”