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  • Sisters in Arms

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military
    • Photography
    • Women's History

    November is Native American Heritage Month! Today we’d like to celebrate that by honoring two Navajo sisters who served at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) during WWII.

  • Siege of Yorktown (Revolutionary War)

    Friday, October 21, 2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Hear from historian John V. Quarstein when he shares how the last major engagement of the Revolutionary War secured independence for the United States of America.

  • Naval Intelligence in Hampton Roads: 1861-1862

    • Civil War
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    There was no formal naval intelligence system established during the American Civil War. While a few examples exist of Northern sympathizers, free Blacks, like Mary Louvestre of Portsmouth, sent messages to various Union commanders about the Confederate ironclad construction effort.

  • A Haunting in Hampton Roads: The Ghost Fleet on the James River

    • Collections
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military
    • Photography

    A few weeks ago, on a late summer boat ride on the James River, I noticed the outlines of looming grey ships in the distance that I hadn’t seen before. “What are those?” I wondered aloud.

  • Hidden Histories: The Quest continues…

    • Black History
    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Hampton Roads History

    “Hidden Histories” is a Museum project designed to give names, agency, and interpretation of unidentified African Americans in our Collections through genealogical research and community engagement.

  • USS Cumberland – Sink Before Surrender

    • Civil War
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    USS Cumberland, flagship of the US Navy’s Home Squadron, was dispatched to Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, upon the sloop’s return from a brief cruise to Veracruz, Mexico.

  • The Capture of Hatteras Inlet

    • Civil War
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    The first combined operation of the Civil War was the capture of Hatteras Inlet. This inlet was used by Confederate gunboats and privateer merchantmen sailing around Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

  • Hampton Roads History – Hilton Village’s Colony Inn

    • Hampton Roads History

    Henry “‘Eddie”’ Huntington decided to use his Newport News Realty Company to revitalize Hilton and construct the Colony Inn. The inn was built at the intersection of Warwick Road and Main Street.

  • A World War II Camp Hill Mystery…

    • Black History
    • Collections
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military

    Discovering the history of Camp Hill, a staging camp in Newport News for black troops.

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