Way Back Wednesdays

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BoundaryProjectComplete1932

It’s Way Back Wednesdays time again!  This month I was able to get my hands on copies of images our photography department so wonderfully scanned and that all feature scenes from our park.

The above photograph shows an overall view of the park and lake in 1932, before the museum was even built.  It shows the completed project to create boundaries for the park.  I enjoy looking at this image because the area around the park has changed so much.  In 1932 there was a lot of farmland and now the area is all grown up and incredibly busy.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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Library Interior January 15, 1935

Instead of Throw Back Thursdays, here at The Mariners’ Museum we have decided to do Way Back Wednesdays (we have too many Thursday events to do the former).  I posted several photographs last month that showcased our objects and park, so most of my photos this month (all but one) will show you what the interior of our great institution used to look like.

These first two images show what our library used to look like.  The one on the left shows the general library space in January 15, 1935 with tables for researchers in the center among the books.  The setup is a bit different now as visitors to the library can no longer do research among the general collection, but in the research room outside of the collection.  Our library is also no longer located on our campus, but about a mile away on the Christopher Newport University Campus, which helps it to be a great resource for researchers and students.  The second image is from 1953 and shows the card catalog room (with ladies that have so obviously been staged, hah!).  Our library is a fantastic resource as it holds the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere.  Click HERE to check out more about the library.   Read more