The Vetust Study Club of Asheville, NC INC, was organized on March 26, 1945 by two women with an interest in antiques after attending the New York Antiques Show. After returning to Asheville, they invited 10 friends to join the newly formed Antiques Study Club.
The name Vetust, was chosen from the Latin word veustus meaning “of the old or ancient.” The Vetust members adopted a mission statement that is continued today. “The mission of the club shall be the study of antiques and the subjects of historic interest and service to the community in charitable, civic and cultural advancement by way of conservation, preservation and restoration.” CPR as it is now referred to is the foundation of the Vetust Study Club’s philanthropy.
In October 1945 the members of the Vetust Study Club voted to sponsor an antique show. The first Asheville Antiques Fair was held at the Asheville City Auditorium on August 19, 1946. The show was a great success, being the first of it’s kind in Asheville. Proceeds from the fair went to the Emergency Food Fund. The Asheville Antiques Fair was held annually for 65 years from 1946-2012 earning the distinction as one of the oldest antique fairs in the Southeast. The only year the Asheville Antique Fair was cancelled was in 1947 due to the polio epidemic.
Through the hard work and commitment of the Vetust members over $600,000 from Fair proceeds have been distributed to help support worthy non-profit charities and organizations throughout Buncombe County and Western North Carolina. A few of the many Vetust’s recipients over the past 70 years include Eblen Charities, Caring for Children, Grove Arcade Public Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Asheville Symphony, WCQS, The Preservation Society, Pack Place, Eliada Home, Meals on Wheels, United Way, Smith McDowell Museum, Thomas Wolfe House, Salvation Army, UNCA, Warren Wilson and Mars Hill College.
Members of Vetust are pleased to announce their 2015 project. $50,000.00 has been pledged through the 26th North Carolina Troop for the conservation and restoration of the Vance Monument located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville.
For further information regarding the Vetust Study Club please contact:
Elizabeth L. Barr Projects Chair and Corresponding Secretary 828-280-8706
For further information regarding the Vance Monument Restoration please contact:
Chris Roberts 26th North Carolina Troop-828-712-5162.