The Transylvania Times -

Library Program To Focus On Centennial Of WWI -Brevard NC


March 30, 2017

A World War I uniform is on display at the Transylvania Heritage Museum. (Courtesy photo)

Emmett Casciato, curator and founder of the Western North Carolina Military History Museum, will discuss the impact of the United States' decision to enter WWI at the Transylvania County Library on Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. He will take the audience back to April 6, 1917, when Woodrow Wilson declared war on Imperial Germany.

The presentation will feature new weapons used during WWI and those specifically used by the United States and England. The story of General "Blackjack" Pershing, how he earned his nickname, and the role of the AEF (American Expeditionary Force) 77th Division and the 42nd Division on the Western Front will be highlighted.

As a special tribute to WWII veterans of Western North Carolina, Casciato will present a brand new book by Brevard resident Janis Allen. It is an honor project of the WNC Military History Museum.

Casciato, a retired high school teacher and coach, began collecting and displaying artifacts, uniforms, medals, weaponry, photographs and personal accounts of service men and women in 2002.

It had always been a dream of his to start a military museum, and when his daughter became a cadet at West Point, his dream accelerated.

The WNC Military History Museum honors all branches of service, educates young and old alike about this country's military past and present, and is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the American heritage.

This program has been made possible through a collaboration of the Friends of the Library and the Transylvania Heritage Museum and is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.


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