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Rehoboth Beach Museum seeks memorabilia of local favorite eateries

Beach Eats exhibit opens Memorial Day
Mar 11, 2013
Source: Submitted Gus Svolis, left, and Bill Svolis hold their restaurant sign, which they donated to the Rehoboth Beach Museum for the upcoming exhibit called Beach Eats.

Rehoboth Beach is famous for its fine dining establishments. However, many who visit are drawn by perennial favorites such as french fries, pizza, cotton candy and caramel popcorn.

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society will open a new exhibit on Memorial Day 2013 and it needs the public’s help. The society asks that locals search around the house or the attic for keepsakes of favorite eateries from childhood to adulthood.

The exhibit will share the tradition and history of the splendid yet long-gone wooden hotels of the 1900s and bring to light the evolution of restaurants serving residents and visitors alike.

Those who have an old sign, napkin, a menu or a matchbook to share are asked to contact the museum. The museum would like establishments old and new, as well as individuals to search around and see if they can find memorabilia that will enhance the exhibit, Beach Eats. The objects can be designated as donations or be on loan for the duration of the exhibit.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is the home of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. The society’s mission is to preserve and showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of this beautiful city by the sea. The museum is at 511 Rehoboth Ave. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 302-227-7310 for information, visit www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org, or  follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The museum is in the former ice house where ice was cut from local lakes and stored in a wooden structure insulated with sawdust during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Exhibit topics have included sand pails, bathing suits and surfing. The current display tells the story of Rehoboth Beach during World War II and will remain until Sunday, March 17. The permanent exhibit found next to the World War II room covers the history of the City of Rehoboth Beach.

 

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