MEMBERSHIP

Business/Organizational Membership Program

Overview

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, in our museum, and with a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing.

Charter Members

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We also have Corporate Sponsorship opportunities available for sponsorship of exhibits, programs, awards, and other public offerings. Corporate Sponsors receive tax receipts as well as acknowledgement of their support in digital and printed materials. Contact [email protected] for current opportunities.

About the Membership Program

We offer several membership levels. 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 complimentary WNCHA family memberships for you to distribute to your employees. A Family WNCHA Membership allows the holder free admission to our museum and free or discounted admission to our live virtual and in-person programs.

As a Business Member, you will also receive free access to our past virtual programs. These recorded programs generally run an hour in length and are available on a variety of topics of local, historical interest (see FAQs) and includes our “Introduction to WNC History” lecture series.

For those donating $1,000 or more, we can also tailor a private, live, in-person or virtual program for your employees. The program includes time for participant questions and audio/visual components. 

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: $350

  • 5 family memberships for your employees
  • Unlimited access to past virtual programs
  • Acknowledgement of your support in our newsletter, on our website, and in our facility
  • Certificate of Appreciation

Silver: $550
All the benefits of a Bronze Membership + 10 additional family memberships

Gold: $1,000
All the benefits of a Silver membership + 15 additional family memberships + 1 private program for your staff tailored to your needs.

Diamond: $1,500
All the benefits of a Gold Membership + 25 additional family memberships + 1 additional private program tailored to your business

Membership Level

What’s Included

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)

Historical Program/Lecture:
A 60-minute private program on a topic of historical interest given by a historian. Programs can be done virtually or in-person at your business. Give us a call to talk about programs of interest to your organization. 

Your support is acknowledged on our website, in our e-newsletter, in our museum, and with a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing.

Access to Past Virtual Programs:
Business members receive free access to our past virtual programs. These recorded programs generally run an hour in length and are available on a variety of topics of local, historical interest (see FAQs) and includes our “Introduction to WNC History” lecture series.

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 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; Indigenous Communities; The French Broad; Pre-Civil War Asheville; Conservation in Western NC; Mountain African-American communities; Folkways; Stereotypes; and Submerged Towns in WNC.

How do I schedule my included program(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.

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!