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1889 Club

Photos of Guitars


About the Society

The 1889 Club recognizes donors for annual gifts made to the Fund for WCU, which supports scholarships, student programming, professional development, and our ongoing stewardship efforts.

Named in honor of the year of WCU’s establishment, this society embraces gifts ranging from $18.89 to $1889 a year.

The 1889 Club will host an annual event featuring cross-generational music of the region, both traditional and contemporary, as a symbol of looking to our past to inspire our future. 

Impact Benefits


Preserving regional historic traditions as they relate to contemporary traditions in Western North Carolina.


Encouraging growth and connection as a result of bringing people together through music.



Donor Benefits

  • Specialized thank you cards and welcome packet

  • Invitation to 1889 Club events featuring traditional and contemporary music of the region
  • Collectible 1889 lapel pin

Giving Levels

  • $18.89 per year for current students
  • $188.90 per year for recent alumni (graduating within the last decade)
  • $1,889 per year for alumni and friends


Thank you to our photographers who provided the beautiful imagery: Jodi John Pippin and Amy D. White

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