North Carolina Heritage Museum to Host Wars of the 20th Century Exhibition

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The Transylvania Heritage Museum in Brevard, North Carolina, is opening its Wars of the 20th Century exhibit to give people a chance to appreciate and honor US service members who served in the 20th century.

Opening on March 4 and continuing until May 13, the exhibit will feature unique artifacts, uniforms, weapons, pictures, personal letters, and newspapers.

Emmett Casciato is the acting director and curator at the WNC Military History Museum. He has wanted to host this event at the Transylvania Heritage Museum for years and is excited to finally get the chance.

The items were chosen to tell the connected histories of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The exhibit is meant to help people “empathize with the wonder – but also the danger – of our involvement in these wars,” along with honoring the sacrifice of the members of our military, Casciato said.

Casciato’s father served in the Navy in WWII in a landing craft infantry. He was on US 675 during the Operation Dragoon invasion in southern France on August 15, 1944.

His daughter graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 2006. She served in Afghanistan as part of the 101st Airborne.

He began collecting military artifacts and enjoyed it so much he began dreaming of running his own museum, BlueRidgeNow.com reported.

Casciato retired as a physical education and then moved to Brevard. He has presented at many events and invited school groups to come to the museum.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE