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Ratcliffe Museum hosts summer camp for area youth

Youngsters in the town of Pulaski can look back in history and learn about trains, planes, cars and trucks, buggies and more related to transportation.

The first Ratcliffe Transportation Museum Summer Camp is scheduled to get underway July 21 for three days of fun, education and seeing things that made Pulaski grow from a water tank stop to a bustling town and railroad yard.

The camp is a joint effort of the Pulaski County Library and the Raymond Ratcliffe Transportation Museum, and is an active event with visits planned to a number of transportation-related sites, including New River Valley Airport.

A visit to the museum will give youngsters a view of what the town looked like in the 1950s from the eyes of Dr. Milton Brockmeyer, late dentist and railroad buff who, along with several friends, built the scale model on display in the museum.

There will be other displays including, the fire department, police department and emergency rescue personnel and equipment.

The camp is limited to 10 youngsters. If interest is sufficient, a second three-day camp will be held the following week.

The camp begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Parents or guardians are asked to pick up their child or children no later than 12:15 p.m.Children need to be at the museum by 8:45 a.m. to begin their busy day.

Parents are encouraged to dress their campers in clothing suitable for outdoor activities and arts and crafts where paint and water will be used.

Registration forms are available at the museum, and parents can call Ernie Wallace at 980-2307 for more information. Snacks will also be served to campers. Forms can be turned in at the Ratcliffe or mailed to P.O. Box 269 Pulaski, Va. 24301.

 

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