Today’s Appalachian Culture Day at the Depot features Smithsonian exhibit | News – Virginia News

Today’s Appalachian Culture Day at the Depot features Smithsonian exhibit | News –  Virginia News

As part of Appalachian Culture Day at the Depot today, the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation will unveil a Smithsonian Museum Main Street Exhibit that focuses on transportation.

The exhibit, “Journey Stories,” traces how America’s evolving mobility changed the nation, from stage coaches and planes to trails and highways. Organizers said the train depot is a perfect fit for the exhibit.

Photographs in the Journeys exhibit feature moments throughout American history that involve transportation. Examples include images Pilgrims, pioneers who settled the West, girls waving goodbye to soldiers on a train during World War II, immigrants exiting ferries at Ellis Island, a family parked at a campsite in 1969 New Mexico, and people boarding an American Airlines plane in the late 1950s.

Appalachian Culture Day at the Depot, part of the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music celebration, runs from 1:30 to 8 p.m. today and will feature everything from local music and the farmer’s market to the Virginia Tech Hokie Bird and horse-drawn carriage rides.

The all-day event is free and open to the public.

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