In 2021, the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas gradually returned to a “new normal,” taking precautions to ensure visitor safety while adding programs, services and new exhibits. However, the museum was affected by the pandemic throughout the year, suffering a loss of revenue due to a reduced number of volunteers and the resulting reduction in public opening hours. The decline in visits has resulted in a decrease in donations that help cover rent and other operating expenses.
In an effort to remain open to visitors in 2021, the museum has applied for and received a $ 20,000 grant from the North Carolina Humanities Humanities Rescue Plan ((NCH), www.nchumanities.org. Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act’s economic stabilization plan. The museum’s board of directors, all-volunteer staff and the community greatly appreciate this support which allows us to pay our running costs and remain open during periods of hours and reduced visits.
“We are delighted that NC Humanities is including the Veterans History Museum in their humanities relief support,” said Michel Robertson, Treasurer and Board Member. “We argued that our organization offers more than artefacts. We provide veterans services, youth education, a free lending library, historical-themed lectures, movies and news shows, and special exhibits that reflect our country’s history from 1917 to the present day. Visitors learn about history, literature and even art through the exhibitions and programs we offer.
“Of course,” Robertson continued, “the museum is still heavily dependent on donations. To support our mission and continue our service to veterans and the public, readers can learn more about the Veterans History Museum. Carolines on our website www.theveteransmuseum.org Our future depends on our supporters.
The museum’s mission is to honor veterans, educate the public, and preserve important historical artifacts, many of which are unique to the museum. Galleries include WWI, WWII-Pacific, WWII-Europe, Korean War, Vietnam War, World War on Terror, Women in the Army, POW Table- MIA Missing Man and a Merchant Navy exhibit. The Veterans History Museum is more than a collection of artifacts – it’s a place where Veterans can come together and share stories; an educational site for schoolchildren, college students and seniors; a meeting place for veterans groups, churches, civic clubs and other community organizations. The museum offers free lectures by veterans on their personal experiences and a forum for authors from other parts of the United States to share their books that honor veterans. The museum attracts thousands of visitors every year.
As the museum closes for another year, his appreciation goes far and wide for the support and interest shown by so many, especially NC Humanities for helping to keep the doors of the museum open. To receive the weekly email newsletter, complete with veteran stories, interviews, photographs and program notifications, ask to be included on the email list at [email protected]
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Joni Pavlik is a volunteer at the museum.