The Jesse Helms Center exists to promote our nation’s founding principles that Senator Jesse Helms advanced throughout his career.
To become one of our nation’s leading advocates of free enterprise and traditional American values. This is to be accomplished through education, public policy promotion and historical preservation.
The Jesse Helms Center was founded in 1988 and named for the former five-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina, Jesse A. Helms. As a young man, Helms received a scholarship to attend Wingate College, a small liberal arts school just miles from his hometown. The generosity expressed to him through that scholarship lingered in his mind and was the impetus for Helms’ decision to donate his senatorial and personal papers to Wingate College. Around the same time, friends and family began urging Helms to consider blessing the creation of a non-profit center which would establish programs and opportunities for young people based on traditional American values. After Helms’ gave the go-ahead with the important directive that the center not be a “dusty old museum,” the Center became the official repository of his papers, an interactive museum where people young and old can learn, and a hub for many engaging programs.
The Jesse Helms Center receives no government funding, instead garnering all support from individuals, foundations and businesses who believe in the future of America.