From now until mid-June, the museum will be featuring a display of fine china, with pieces on loan from several members of the Tri-Cities Woman's Club.
Many of the patterns on display are no longer in production, making the pieces irreplaceable, said Phyllis Sizemore, assistant to the curator.
Sizemore said fine china is not usually something people associate with coal mining camps, but fine dining was enjoyed by many in coal camps, if only on special occasions. For many families, fine china might only be used once a year or reserved for events such as weddings.
"You think of coal company people being so poor," said Sizemore. "You don't think of them owning really nice china. ... The camps up here are the