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Posted on: February 14, 2021

Little Chicago: Phoebus in Photos Virtual Lecture - Monday, March 1, 7 pm!

SQUARE ADJUSTED HHM Phoebus Speakeasy 2010-38-35

Virtual Port Hampton Lecture
Little Chicago: Phoebus in Photos
Facebook Live-Monday, March 1, 7 pm

Join author Tim Receveur of Phoebus Memories for this Facebook Live event exploring the lively and colorful story of the town of Phoebus, and that is now a vibrant and creative part of Hampton!

Phoebus has been called many things. Kecoughtan, Mill Creek, Elizabeth City, and Chesapeake City have been some of the official names on maps over the years. The unofficial ones have ranged greatly from “Little Chicago”, due to its connection with the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad and bootlegging during Prohibition, to the garden spot of Hampton, depending on the time period and the people you ask. This book pulls together hundreds of photos from Phoebus history, from the dawn of photography during the Civil War to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, to provide a glimpse of the people and places that made Phoebus what it is today.

Tim Receveur is currently the Director of Programs at the PeaceTech Lab in Washington, DC, an organization that works to reduce violent conflict using technology to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. From 2000-2013 Tim worked as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State with a focus on applied technology and he also served active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 9 years as a meteorologist.

Tim moved to Phoebus in 2018 and has put together 3 books on the history of the community. He also manages the daily blog Phoebus and Fort Monroe: Then and Now which chronicles stories and photos from these communities. You can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/PhoebusHistory and http://www.phoebusmemories.org/ 

Tim's book "Little Chicago: Phoebus in Photos" can be purchased in these Phoebus businesses:
Robert's Antiques
The Way We Were Bookshop
Honey House Boutique
Mallory Ritz
Proceeds support Phoebus businesses

After the talk airs on Facebook Live, it will later be found on the museum's website and YouTube playlist.

Image: Unidentified speakeasy, 1920s

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