The Western North Carolina Military History Museum has been awarded 501(c)(3) status. The designation will allow 100% of contributions to fund programs and exhibits sponsored by the museum. The museum’s mission is to honor the past service and sacrifice of patriots and educate people of all walks of life about United States military engagement from World War I to the present. Collections include newspaper articles, personal letters, weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia. Curator Emmett Casciato is a military history buff who began collecting twelve years ago with the dream of opening a museum. He is assisted with curation by military history teacher and collector Tom Bugala, and former embedded photojournalist Kenneth Corn is in charge of multimedia displays. The museum already sponsors a patriotic essay contest and a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship. Bugala eventually wants to launch a lecture series with events at the museum and local schools. In addition to donating items for display, members of the public are encouraged to contribute by purchasing an honor plaque for fallen family members. Having opened just over a year ago, the museum has been housed in several temporary locations before settling in a ten-room building next-door to the Transylvania Courthouse in downtown Brevard.