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Hampton Roads History Lectures

NEW in 2022!
This lecture series is being offered in person at the Museum and livestreamed.

Select Fridays in the McMullen Classroom at 12 p.m. (ET). Advance registration is required.

Take a look back in history as John V. Quarstein, noted historian, author, and director emeritus of USS Monitor Center, along with special guest speakers, share significant events about our nation’s history and examine their direct ties to the Hampton Roads region.

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Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong of Hawaii

Friday, May 6, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Presenter: John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the presentation:
Born in Hawaii to Christian missionaries, Samuel Armstrong joined the US Army after graduating from Williams College in 1862. A strong abolitionist, he commanded the 8th US Colored Troops, who fought with distinction during the siege of Petersburg. After the war,  Armstrong was promoted to brigadier general and joined the Freedmen’s Bureau in Hampton, Virginia. Recognizing the need for better educational opportunities for newly freed African Americans, he established Hampton Normal and Industrial Institute in 1868, today’s Hampton Univerisity. Booker T. Washington noted that General Armstrong was “the noblest, rarest human being that it has ever been my privilege to meet.”

In person 


This lecture will be in person in the Museum’s McMullen classroom and livestreamed.
Advance registration is required whether attending in person or watching online.

Pre-registration is required.
For additional assistance, questions or support, please contact us at: [email protected].

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No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.

Header image: Hampton Roads, Virginia, from official state map published in 1859. Public Domain.