On May 19, the Rockpile Museum in Gillette hosted an Open House to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian Traveling exhibition “The Way We Worked.” The display is adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, and explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.
The Rockpile is also extending their local photography exhibit, “Views of Vanuatu.” Local World War 2 veteran Jack Bennick served in the US navy from 1939 until 1945, and survived the sinking of the USS Wasp. He served on the Gillette City Council for 10 years after returning home to Campbell County. His photography from his time overseas will now be on display through October 6th.
On July 21, the museum will be celebrating 44 years in the community. Named after the literal rockpile on-site, which signaled to early settlers traveling through northeast Wyoming that they’d reached Gillette, the museum hosts a variety of different exhibits, from the prehistoric to modern history.
As always, events and admissions to the Rockpile Museum are FREE. See more photos from the event on our Facebook page!