Members of the WCHS prepare the February 2016 Jones House exhibition of the Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection

Members of the WCHS prepare the February 2016 Jones House exhibition of the Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection

How to Join the Watauga County Historical Society

Memberships run from July to June and require completion of a basic application form and payment of annual dues.

The Watauga County Historical Society offers five levels of membership:

* Individual Membership -- $25

* Institutional Membership (available to corporations, organizations, and institutions) -- $50

* Student Membership (with photocopy of valid student ID) -- $10

* Senior Membership (for those age 60 years or older) -- $10

* Sponsor Level Membership -- $100

Sponsor membership includes a one-year WCHS membership, a copy of The Architectural History of Watauga County, North Carolina (a $45 value), and acknowledgment as a Sponsor on our website.

To become a member, please complete an application and send it, along with a check payable to the Watauga County Historical Society for your selected membership level dues, to:

Watauga County Historical Society
PO Box 3453
Boone, NC 28607

Cover image of The Architectural History of Watauga County, NC

Cover image of The Architectural History of Watauga County, NC

Looking to buy a copy of The Architectural History of Watauga County, North Carolina? You can order a copy directly at the address above for $45 (plus $5 shipping).

You can also buy a copy at the following establishments:

Jones House Cultural & Community Center (Boone)
Mast General Store (Valle Crucis and Boone)
North Carolina Museum of History Museum Shop
Stone Mountain Store (Sugar Grove)
Town Home Studio (Boone)

The WCHS Donor Board

WCHS Heroic Figures, 2017-18
($2,500 or more)
John and Bettie Bond
WCHS Sponsors, 2017-18 ($100 or more)
Friedman Family Investment, Inc.
Scott Oxford
Eric and Teresa Plaag

WCHS Heroic Figures, 2016-17
($2,500 or more)
Donald B. Saunders
WCHS BENEFACTORS, 2016-17 ($1,000 or more)
John and Bettie Bond
WCHS SUSTAINERS, 2016-17
($500 or more)
Linda and Rufus Edmisten Charitable Fund (in memory of David Jones Edmisten)
WCHS PATRONS, 2016-17 ($250 or more)
Rennie Brantz
Janelle W. Gaughan
Gail Hearn
Rebecca Saunders and Billy Kennedy
John and Kay Stacy
WCHS SPONSORS, 2016-17 ($100 or more)
Jo Betts Baxley
Palmer S. Blair, Jr.
Susan Blair (Lawrence Blair Enterprises)
Christiana J. Bondi
John and Faye Cooper
Brian and Cathy Crutchfield
Flavel M. Eggers
Ted Greene (in memory of Ron Reese)
Mast General Store
Mary Etta Moretz
Teresa B. Pearman
Eric and Teresa Plaag
Sparky Barnes Sargent
Bobby Snead
Jonathan and Elaine Topodas
Larry Turnbow
Dale Whisenant (in memory of Ron Reese)
Suzanne and Craig Wilson
 
Downtown Boone, 1938, from the Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection, Digital Watauga Project

Downtown Boone, 1938, from the Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection, Digital Watauga Project

Three Ways to Help the Digital Watauga Project (DWP)

The first type of help is the most obvious kind--giving cash--and we are grateful for ANY size donation you can make. Every dollar helps us do our work, but a larger donation of $250 buys storage media and digitization supplies for an average collection in the DWP. A donation of $500 will help us fund another sorely needed fireproof storage cabinet for Digital Watauga materials at the Watauga County Public Library. A donation of $1,000 pays for the overhead scanner we hope to purchase in 2017-18 to handle oversized items. A donation of $2,500 pays for our annual Jones House exhibition and a Digital Watauga intern for a semester. You can send us a check at the address above or make a donation through PayPal using our email address, WataugaCoHistSoc@gmail.com. All donations over $100 are acknowledged by name on our website unless you request to be listed anonymously.

We also welcome volunteers who are interested in being trained to digitize materials for the project. Often, this takes the form of a formal internship through ASU or another college-level program, but we also have non-students who work on the DWP on a volunteer basis as well. Having a basic understanding of computers helps, as well as a keen interest in and curiosity about our local history, but you do not have to be a computer whiz to be a DWP volunteer.

And yes, there's yet another way you can help. The DWP is always seeking new collections of images and documents related to the history of Watauga County. Do you have pre-1990 images or documents that you'd like to see added to our collection? If so, contact us with details at DigitalWatauga@gmail.com. Donors sign a digital use rights deed of gift so that we can post the digitized materials online, but all original materials are returned to their owner(s) once scanning is complete.