Museum soliciting entries for ‘ISLE Be Home For Christmas’ book – Smithfield Times

Museum soliciting entries for ‘ISLE Be Home For Christmas’ book

Published at 7:39 pm Monday, January 23, 2023

The Isle of Wight County Museum is looking for current and former county residents to submit Christmas mementos for publication in a book set to debut next year.

The book will be titled “ISLE Be Home for Christmas: Memories of the Holiday Season in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.”

The museum is looking for old photographs, cards, songbooks, ornaments with a backstory, postcards, recipes and more. The book is slated for publication in December 2023.

According to Museum Director Jennifer England, the book was inspired by a number of items on display at the museum, including photographs, advertising and ornaments.

The idea “was born from the thought that showcasing these items is a beautiful way to recognize the holiday season – past and present,” England said. “There is much to love about the holiday season and the memories invoked. Isle of Wight County deserves a publication that serves as a love letter for this time of year.”

To submit content, or for more information, call England at 757-356-1223 or email

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