Schedule of Events
Homestead Heritage Festival
Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Back to Business
Now - December 31st
Limited communication methods in the earliest years of Campbell County meant that business owners needed to find innovative ways to market their establishments. From matchbooks and toy trucks to key rings and calendars, advertising methods have been creative and plentiful over the past century. Advertising is meant to persuade, and the themes and techniques that were used in advertising reveal a part of the nation's history.
Created in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” this display highlights the expansive and rapidly changing business history of Campbell County. Often following the boom and bust cycles of the region, a wide range of businesses have operated in Campbell County, including nearly 100 cafés and restaurants, more than four dozen hotels and motels, and a realm of grocers and gas stations.
Views of Vanuatu: WWII Through the Lens of Jack Bennick
On display now through The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is pleased to announce a temporary exhibit featuring original World War II images by photographer’s mate J.L. “Jack” Bennick. This exciting exhibit showcases never-before-seen photographs taken during Bennick’s time of service in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy. These amazing images include military planes and ships, USO performances, native tribes of the region, and a little-known visit from Eleanor Roosevelt.
May 1st SEPTEMBER 1st
J.L. “Jack” Bennick was born and raised in Gillette, WY. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. During WWII, he served in South Pacific and on September 15, 1942, he survived the sinking of the USS WASP. He was discharged from service in October 1945. After returning home, he worked at Stockmens Bank for 40 years until retirement. Jack also served on the Gillette City Council for 10 years.
Views of Vanuatu is open now and runs through September 1st. Please contact the Campbell County Rockpile Museum at 307-682-5723 with any questions.