NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — There’s a new exhibition at Nauticus in Norfolk unearthing personal voices of everyday Americans during cleanups of the country’s rivers.

The Message in a Bottle exhibition was founded in 2013 by CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke and his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters. It displays over 50 notes, from love letters to photos to practical jokes.

“Some are funny, some are spiritual, and others mysterious…but each showcase genuine thought and emotion,” said Pregracke describing the messages.

For over 25 years, Pregracke’s clean-up campaigns along the Mississippi and other U.S. rivers have amounted to thousands of bottles.

Nauticus members are invited to get an exclusive first look at Message in a Bottle on Jan. 29. Members can sign up here.

“I am excited for Nauticus and the people of Norfolk to have the opportunity to see and read first-hand authentic messages in bottles that I, my staff, and dozens of volunteers have found through our river cleanups across the United States over the last 25 years,” Pregracke added. “Some are funny, some are spiritual, and others mysterious…but each showcase genuine thought and emotion.”

The exhibition will run through April 24, 2022.