Emmett Casciato was presented with WSPA-TV’s Caring for the Carolinas Award on June 25 at the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas in Brevard. The ceremony will be broadcast on channel 7 (Spartanburg’s CBS affiliate) on July 2 at 5:00 pm.
Channel 7 TV host Jack Roper presented the station’s award to Emmett Casciato,”for service to the community”. The nomination was submitted by museum volunteers Richard Donoghue and Janis Allen. The nomination read:
Emmett Casciato is the founder and curator or the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas in Brevard, NC. Using his own money to purchase uniforms, artifacts, photos, and by collecting veterans’ stories, he and others created this museum with their many volunteer hours and money, in late 2016.
The museum’s mission is to honor, educate, and preserve our veteran’s stories and sacrifices. Exhibits include WWI to the current War on Terror. Since its founding, the museum has hosted more than 10,000 visitors, who come from all over the U.S. to learn and honor veterans, living and deceased.
Emmett’s efforts have created a friendly place for veterans to spend time with other veterans, and a place to educate young people about their sacrifices.
The museum has an all-volunteer staff, operates by donations, and admission is free.
The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas is located at 21 East Main Street in Brevard. Admission is free, and the museum is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information or to arrange a group tour, please call 828-884-2141.