Onslow County Museum actively pursues the acquisition of artifacts for the museum's collection that are related to or relevant to the history of Onslow and the surrounding region. Once under the museum’s care, they are registered, researched, cataloged and stored according to standard museum practices employed by the Collections department.
The scope of the approximately 6,000 object collection is diverse but at the same time specific, including these major categories:
Archival materials such as historic documents and books
Agricultural tools, textiles
Many of these artifacts are used in both permanent and temporary
exhibits that reflect either the history of Onslow County or an aspect
of history that is of interest to the general public.
During World War Two the Army implemented an arts and crafts program in order to boost soldier morale. This program was first introduced during October of 1941 in Onslow County at Camp Davis in Holly Ridge. These images, part of the George Lee Johnson collection, were created by soldiers stationed at Camp Davis in 1943. They belong to a collection containing several more depictions of camp life as well as artifacts belonging to Johnson while serving in the Army.
To learn more about the Army's Arts and Crafts program visit their website.