The Caldwell Heritage Museum plans to boost security with a new camera system but needs help getting over the finish line on the cost.

The museum has needed to upgrade its 16 cameras for years, said Cindy Day, executive director of the museum.

“It’s a long time coming, we just haven’t had the money to do it,” Day said.

The museum received a roughly $3,000 grant from the Bernhardt Furniture Foundation. Day said the museum doesn’t often get grants, so getting this is a big deal, but the museum still needs another $900.

“We need help, and we’re so grateful for anything we receive,” she said.

The museum already relies almost exclusively donations to stay open, so Day said she’ll have to ramp up efforts, and she hopes word of mouth will help the cause.

Day said she hopes enough donations come in soon so the cameras could be installed before the end of this summer. The cameras watch over the inside and outside of the building and are constantly monitored.

“It’s for safety. It protects the artifacts, and it provides safety for the people in the building, the patrons and the museum volunteers,” Day said. “And if anything ever happens we have a record of it.”

Reporter Virginia Annable can be reached at 828-610-8724.