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Shelton House receives grant

Located in Waynesville, The Shelton House has received a $7,154 NC CARES Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. 

This emergency grant funding was provided to North Carolina cultural organizations experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful to be one of 59 organizations the North Carolina Humanities Council selected for this funding,” said Dannehl Strautz, museum director of The Shelton House.

Sarah Jane League, Shelton House board chair noted that this important funding will support the employment of two Shelton House employees enabling The Shelton House to continue with operations and support the “Blue Ridge Heritage: Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair” scheduled for Aug. 22-23, as well as the continued preservation of the historic home and collection. 

The NC CARES Humanities Relief Grant funding was provided to the North Carolina Humanities Council by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in late March. 

The $2.2 trillion CARES package included $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, nearly $30 million, or a total of 40 percent, of which was sent to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils, including the North Carolina Humanities Council, to distribute to local cultural nonprofits and programming. 

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information on The Shelton House, go to


The historic Shelton House in Waynesville is currently in need of volunteers for an array of upcoming events. 

Alongside help for events and gatherings, the organization is also seeking a docent, gift shop attendee, data entry person, landscaper, handyperson, and other positions.

Upcoming main events include the  Shelton House Halloween “Haunting on the Hill” Oct. 27-31 and Shelton House “Tinsel Trail & Appalachian Christmas.” 

For more information, visit or call 828.452.1551. 

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