December 2014
Issue No.7

As 2014 comes to a close, we reflect on the success of the past year.  This success is attainable because of the tremendous dedication and creativity of our many volunteers.  Our Museum remains open to visitors far later than other small privately funded Museums in Western North Carolina. 

Volunteers not only keep our doors open and greet visitors.  They also sit on the Board of Directors. They process donations, work in the yard and gardens, manage membership databases, set up exhibits, and participate in programming. They provide baked goods for Museum events and organize and execute our fundraising efforts. They pick up door prizes and send out thank you notes.  In short, our Volunteers are the life blood of the Museum. 

I would like to thank each one for the time, energy and hard work they continue to contribute.   You are the force that accomplishes our mission of Connecting Community, History and Life.  


Sincerely - Rebecca Suddeth, Executive Director
ATOM a Sparkling Success!


The Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum (ATOM), dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees, has taken over the space at the Transylvania Heritage Museum this holiday season. The dozens of trees and vintage ornaments have been the highlight of a many Brevard visits since its opening on Friday, November 28th. Literally hundreds of visitors have been to the Museum in the past three weeks to view the trees.


Today and tomorrow are the LAST days to view this remarkable exhibit, so if you haven't been by, make plans to do so!  

Many thanks to Steven Jackson for loaning the trees and to Pat Childress, who coordinated the exhibit and made it the success it has been.  Also thanks to those who donated Aluminum Trees to the Museum this year.  As you clean out basements and attics, please keep us in mind.  We would love to expand this exhibit in coming years!


Homeless Pack-a-Tote Project


"Homeless Pack-a-Tote" is a Facebook page that I must mention. It started a few weeks ago with a couple who knew someone living in a tent in the local forest. The couple collected tarps, tents, socks and other daily necessities and delivered them to a designated location. 125 homeless people showed up to see if they could obtain what they needed to get through one more cold mountain day. They will gather more things on December 19 to make another delivery.


Transylvania Heritage Museum has a box on the porch for your donations, especially shampoo, conditioner and baby powder. 


I would like to thank everyone who has contributed. As you can see, our porch is filling up.   December 19 (TODAY) is the last day to drop items to be delivered before Christmas.                       ~Pat Childress

Scouts Visit the Museum  December 9

Museums In Partnership Regional Meeting at the Museum December 9th.

The 4-H Farm Fun/History Club met at 
the Museum December 12th. 
In This Issue
Aluminum Trees
Helping the Homeless
Museum Visits
4-H Clubs Visit
Calendar of Events

ATOM Exhibit
December 3rd - December 20th.
Extended hours
12 to 7 pm.

December 19 5:30-7:00 pm.  Friday Night Gallery Walk

Museum closes for the season December 20th. 
We thank our sponsors

DIAMOND - $5,000 - Up


Transylvania County

WSQL Radio


EMERALD - $2,500 - $4,999



College Walk

Transylvania Regional Hospital


OPAL - $1,000 - $2,499


Co-Ed Cinema


Haywood EMC

Pisgah Forest Rotary Club

M-B Industries


RUBY - $500 - $999


Blue Ridge Quick Print

Brevard Academy


Fisher Realty

Mountain Internet

Pisgah Fish Camp

Roess Mechanical

Transylvania County Schools


SAPPHIRE - $250 - $499


Automated Results

Greystone Inn

Jerome & Summey

Macon Bank

Sassafras Productions

Transylvania Times


AMETHYST - $100 - $249

AAAAA Services, Inc

Betty Travis

Broad Street Wine

Bryson Carpet

Cardinal Cleaners

Chestnut Café & Grill

Dalton Insurance

Dr. Lopez, DDS

Duckworth Insurance

Eric Hansen

Mt Range Golf Center

Rockin Bowl

Susan Breedlove Properties

Steve Owen & Associates


Exit Mountain Realty/Isaac Allen