A Centennial Celebration

Check out an album of our September 3 Opening Ceremony from Linda Weekley!


Highlights included:

  • Remarks from South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens.
  • A speech from 94-year old Rosie the Riveter Buddie Curnutte, who worked at a Curtiss-Wright airplane factory during World War II, served in the Coast Guard, and married a Marine veteran!
  • Special visit from Vietnam veteran Danny Miller, who served in the 3/5 Armored Cavalry near the DMZ in a South Charleston M113 ACAV.
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2 hours of restoration in 20 seconds. Amazing photo conservationist Tsun Tsun Tao cleans up a photo of South Charleston High football players at then-new Oakes Field in the 1940s. Why is this in the exhibit? Because the NOP is in the background, of course!

This September 3 - October 27, we are thrilled to premiere the first ever exhibit about the Naval Ordnance Plant, featuring hundreds of photographs from collections and archives across the United States, along with relevant artifacts, memorabilia, and information on surviving World War II ships that still carry guns made right here in South Charleston.

Wherever possible, we're working to bring you the stories of the people who worked at the Plant during any era of its operation.

We're also proud to partner with the U.S. Navy Poster Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, to bring you a hand-picked collection of original Navy posters from the 1910s to 1940s.