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Opening on Feb. 26th in the Gallery:

Dear Folks: Letters Home from WWII

February 26, 2019 to May 25, 2019

The Rockpile Museum is opening an incredible new exhibit featuring letters sent home by Campbell County soldiers during World War II. Not only will guests have the chance to read a variety of letters from Campbell County soldiers, they will also have the unique opportunity to listen to a selection of letters being read by the descendants of these men. Read and hear their stories as they talk about life in the South Pacific, Europe, Asia, and much more.

Join the Rockpile Museum for an exclusive Exhibit Opening on February 26, 2019, at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a short documentary, Dear Folks: The Making of an Exhibit, followed by a round-table discussion with the volunteers and family members who came together to create this powerful exhibit. Refreshments highlighting foods from the 1940's era will be available.

The exhibit will run from the evening of February 26th through May 25, 2019.

Dear Folks Exhibit

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​Now on Display

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.

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