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Hampton History Museum

  1. Historic Black Beaches: Bay Shore and Other Memorable Sands

    September 18, 2021, 9:00 AM - February 27, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Hampton History Museum - Changing Gallery

    African-Americans in many waterfront communities, denied access to public beaches, pooled resources to create their own coastal retreats. Many became vacation destinations featuring hotels, music halls and amusement parks. All created special memories, from swimming to church services, family fun to formal dances. Two complementary exhibits explore some of these special places. "Memorable Sands: Beaches of Northeast North Carolina and Southeast Virginia,” a traveling exhibit from the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C., looks at five beaches in North Carolina and Virginia Beach. Hampton’s own Bay Shore Beach, located next to Buckroe Beach for more than 75 years, is featured in a separate exhibit highlighted by numerous photographs and artifacts from Robinson and Leonard’s collection, along with images and items from the museum’s collection.

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  2. Commodore James Barron and Innovation in the Early U.S. Navy - Virtual Talk

    January 3, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    The talk will debut on Facebook Live at 7 pm on Monday, January 3!

    After Romero’s talk debuts on Facebook Live, it will later be found on the museum’s YouTube playlist and website


    The son of a prominent officer in Virginia’s Revolutionary War Navy, Commodore James Barron (1768-1851) was commissioned as a lieutenant aboard the frigate United States in 1798. His service and early command experience during the Quasi-War with France and the First Barbary War was characterized by routine patrol and convoy escort duties. Barron was involved in the development of one of the Navy’s first signal books, designed and oversaw the installation of a ventilator for use aboard Navy ships, designed a steam-powered ram for harbor and river defense, and helped revitalize naval education shortly before the establishment of the U.S. Naval Academy. Independent scholar Michael Romero will bring the innovations of Commodore James Barron into well-deserved light in this virtual talk.

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  1. Children's Craft Table @ Northampton Branch Library

    January 3, 2022, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Northampton Branch Library

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