Business/Organizational Membership Program
When you join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) as a Business or Organizational Member, your donation supports our mission of preserving and promoting the history of our region and also provides you and your employees with benefits including free admission to the museum and special exhibit galleries at the Smith-McDowell House, free or low cost admission to our public programs (including lectures, book talks, hikes, and tours), and private programs designed with your specific interests in mind.
Your support is acknowledged on our website, in our e-newsletter, and with a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing.
About the Program
We offer several membership levels to fit the size and needs of your business or organization. Your enrollment not only financially supports the work of our nonprofit organization, but it also helps us to fulfill our mission by providing free and low-cost educational programming about the history and culture of our region to you and your employees.
Each level of business/organizational membership includes multiple WNCHA family memberships for you to distribute to your employees as well as at least one private program tailored to your business or organization. Private programs last one hour and are available on a variety of topics of local, historical interest (see FAQs), but we recommend that you begin with our “Introduction to WNC History” lecture, which can be done in-person at your place of business or via Zoom. The program will be live and includes time for participant questions. The program includes audio/visual components. Private guided walks last one hour and are available in several Asheville-area locations (see FAQs) and will be expanded on demand as staff time allows.
To enroll in the program, please complete the enrollment form by clicking the “Join Us” button above. To pay, please send a check made out to WNCHA at 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801 or pay at right via our secure website.
Contact [email protected] with questions.
Bronze Level: $350
5 family memberships ($250 value)
1 private program for up to 10 people ($250 value)
Silver Level: $550
10 family memberships ($500 value)
1 private guided walk and 1 private program OR 2 private programs for up to 20 individuals ($500 value)
Gold Level: $1,000
20 family memberships ($1,000 value)
1 private guided walk (20 people maximum) and 2 private programs OR 3 private programs for up to 40 individuals ($750 value)
Diamond Level: $1,500
30 family memberships ($1,500 value)
1 private guided walk (20 people maximum) and 3 private programs OR 4 private programs for up to 60 individuals ($1,000 value)
WNCHA Family Membership:
A family annual membership to WNCHA includes a monthly e-newsletter, priority registration for events, free or discounted rates to WNCHA programs and guided tours, and free admission to the Smith-McDowell House Museum and WNCHA exhibit galleries.
(Value $50 each)
A 60-minute historical walking tour.
Potential tour locations include:
- The former Town of Victoria
- Riverside Cemetery
- Uptown Asheville
- The River Arts District
- Pack Square
- Eagle Street
A 60-minute private program on a topic of historical interest given by a local historian. Programs can be done virtually or in-person at your business.
Potential topics include:
- Intro to WNC History (recommended as first program)
- The French Broad
- Pre-Civil War Asheville
- Conservation in Western NC
- Mountain African-American communities
- Submerged Towns in WNC
- Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley
- Mill Towns
- Black Mountain College
Give us a call to talk about other potential walks or programs of interest to your organization. We may be able to accommodate your request. Please call to discuss rates for larger organizations.
*Program schedule to be determined in consultation with WNCHA’s Public Programs Director, but should be scheduled within the membership year and are limited to one (1) program per month.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s included in a WNCHA Family Membership?
One family annual membership to WNCHA includes our monthly e-newsletter, free or discounted rates to WNCHA programs and guided tours, and free admission to the history museum and special exhibit galleries at the Smith-McDowell House for all members of a household. (Value $50 each)
What types of guided walks are available?
A 60-minute historical walking tour to a location of your choosing in consultation with our staff. Potential tour locations include, but are not limited to: The former Town of Victoria; Riverside Cemetery; Uptown Asheville; River Arts District; Pack Square; Eagle Street.
What topics of private programs are available?
A 60-minute private program on a topic of historical interest given by a local historian. Programs can be done virtually or in-person at your business. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Intro to WNC History (recommended as first program); Indigenous Communities; The French Broad; Pre-Civil War Asheville; Conservation in Western NC; Mountain African-American communities; Folkways; Stereotypes; and Submerged Towns in WNC.
Who leads the guided walks and private programs?
A member of our staff will lead the guided walk or give the program unless your organization has a specific topic or location in mind on which our staff is not well-versed. In that case, we partner with other organizations, including local universities and colleges, to find an expert to speak with your group.
How do I schedule my included program(s) or guided walk(s)?
The schedule for private programs will be determined in consultation with WNCHA’s Public Programs Director, but should be scheduled within the membership year and are limited to one program per month.
What if the topic I’m interested in isn’t listed?
Give us a call or email to talk about other potential walks or programs of interest to your organization. We may be able to accommodate your request.
How difficult are the walks?
It depends. We try to organize the walks on paved, flat surfaces whenever possible. However, as a consequence of living in these beautiful mountains, most walks will include some varied terrain. We will work with you to determine the appropriate route for your group.
What if my organization is larger or smaller than the membership levels listed?
We should be able to accommodate you. Please call or email to discuss rates.
Is my membership contribution tax deductible?
Your business membership contribution supports our nonprofit work and all or part of your contribution may be tax deductible. Please check with your accountant.
When does my membership expire?
Your membership expires one year from the end of the month of joining. We hope you will renew annually.
Thank you for your interest in the Western North Carolina Historical Association.
Your support helps us to continue our mission of education and preservation!