The History Museum

of Burke County

Become Involved


Interested in sharing your love of history?  We are eager to hear from you!

The History Museum of Burke County’s docent program is an exciting and rewarding experience for all who volunteer and for the visitors they guide through the museum. Docents are essential to our program because they bring the history and culture of Burke County alive by lively exchanges on the exhibits and the events and people that have lived in and shaped the county.

The History Museum of Burke County is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and display of Burke County’s memorabilia and artifacts. The interest and abilities of many Burke citizens are required daily to achieve our mission and goals.

Artifact collections, along with their documentation and storage, require constant work – and then dusting and careful cleaning. On-the-job training is provided and your help will be greatly appreciated any day of the week. “Docents” are needed as tour guides and receptionist during special events. Office help at the History Museum on West Meeting Street or at the Morganton RR Depot Museum on South Green Street is another regular need.

Volunteers serve on the History Museum’s Board of Directors and committees. Your special abilities in finance, publications, fundraising, friend raising, buildings or grounds maintenance will be much appreciated. You choose. Volunteer full-time, part-time or some time. Just get involved and help us build the greatest little county history museum in western North Carolina.

If you are interested in volunteering contact the Museum’s Docents Chairman at the Museum or by telephone at 437-1777.

Donating Artifacts

Join us in preserving our history and culture.

The museum welcomes donations of artifacts. Currently over 18,000 are housed in the museum. Many are featured in one of our many exhibits. The Acquisitions & Collections Committee meets regularly to evaluate recent donations for acceptance. A signed Deed of Gift is required to transfer ownership. Upon completion of the Deed of Gift and acceptance of the donation by the museum, the artifact becomes the property of the museum. Artifacts are not automatically placed on display after acceptance. Current exhibits, space available and preservation issues may result in an artifact being place in storage rather than being placed on immediate display.

If you have artifacts you would consider donating to the museum, please contact museum staff at at 828-437-1777.

Pathway to History

Commemorative bricks may be purchased to honor or memorialize a special person or persons. The cost is $100 per brick. The pathway is located on the Meeting Street side of the museum.

This opportunity provides an opportunity to have the name of a loved one or other special person engraved on a brick which will be placed into the museum’s Pathway to History.