Posted on: February 3, 2017

NEW EXHIBIT! Give Me Liberty: Fugitive Slaves and the Long Revolution Against Slavery

Give Me Liberty

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the lives of over 30 fugitive slaves from Hampton who made journeys to freedom or took up arms against their enslavers during periods of war. This exhibit shines an inspirational light on their experiences in the co...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

The Guns of August: The Great War and Hampton Roads - March 6, 7-8 pm

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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of WWI, join Amanda Williams of the MacArthur Memorial as she recounts local reaction to war. In the first weeks of August 1914 the nations of Europe marched enthusiastically to war. Each side was confident that the war w...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Build the City: Minecraft Madness! - March 11, 10 am-2 pm

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Join us as we take the show on the road once more!  Last year over 2,000  people attended our "Build the City: Minecraft Madness!" event at Historic Carousel Park, themed around the popular video game, Minecraft.  This...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Always Good Ships: Histories of ships built in Newport News - March 15, Noon-1 pm

SS United States

Founded by Collis P. Huntington in 1886 as the Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Co., the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. quickly became a major builder of ships for the Navy and for commercial customers.  Since their beginnings in ...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Poisoned Dwarf - Wednesday, March 15, 6-8 pm

Poisoned Dwarf

Poisoned Dwarf plays driving traditional Celtic music, and for them, the tunes matter most.  Focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, and with acoustic   instruments only, this band from Williamsburg has entertained audiences in ma...

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Posted on: December 13, 2016

NEW EXHIBIT! When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA's Human Computers

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Learn the story of “Hidden Figures” in our latest addition to the Hampton History Galleries!

 In 1935 a group of five women came to Langley to form a computer pool to process from wind tunnel and flight tests. It began as an experiment, but became...

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Exhibit: Arrival of the First Africans

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Drawing on the latest research, the exhibit tells the story of the Africans’ home in Angola, how they came to be enslaved aboard a Spanish slave ship San Juan Bautista, the terrible 10,000 nautical mile voyage that brought them to Virginia, and thei...

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