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March 6, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hampton History Museum
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of WWI, join Amanda Williams of the MacArthur Memorial as she recounts local reaction to war. In the first weeks of August 1914 the nations of Europe marched enthusiastically to war. Each side was confident that the war would be over by Christmas, but as August turned into September, it became clear that the war had unleashed forces that no one could control. Thousands of miles away from the conflict, people in Hampton Roads had mixed reactions to the “European War.” Although initially committed to isolationism, the United States eventually entered the war in 1917. The war would ultimately create the fault lines of our world today and regions like Hampton Roads would evolve in response to these challenges.
March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Hampton History Museum
Join us as we take the show on the road once more! Last year over 2,000 people attended our Build the City: Minecraft Madness event at Historic Carousel Park, themed around the popular video game, Minecraft. This year we lead the activity again outside the historic Carousel. Using recyclable cardboard and other materials we will build a model of downtown Hampton in the art style of Minecraft. Teams will construct key buildings. Bring along your own team of friends, or join a team at the event. In addition there will be other Minecraft and architecture crafts. Classrooms, clubs, families, neighborhoods, and other groups should contact the museum educator Kris Peters at 757-727-6838 or email@example.com if interested in leading a section of the city or a particular building.
The carousel will be open for this special event only. It will open for the season on April 1.
March 15, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Hampton History Museum
Founded by Collis P. Huntington in 1886 as the Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Co., the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. quickly became a major builder of ships for the Navy and for commercial customers. Since their beginnings in the 1880s, Newport News shipbuilders built over 500 ships, many of which became famous and all of which lived up to their builder's unofficial motto, "Always Good Ships." William A. Fox will relate some of the most notable ships built at the yard since its 125th anniversary in 1986 up to 2011, including surviving and lost ships. Bring a bag lunch, we’ll have free dessert for you!
March 15, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hampton History Museum
Poisoned Dwarf plays driving traditional Celtic music, and for them, the tunes matter most. Focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, and with acoustic instruments only, this band from Williamsburg, Virginia has entertained audiences in many different settings for years.
The Irish flute, whistle, guitar, Scottish Small-Pipes, banjo, a variety of percussion instruments (including bones and bodhran), accordion, and of course fiddle are all brought to the dance for Poisoned Dwarf performances. Their love for the music and the playing of it is always obvious from the first note, so while listening to and seeing Poisoned Dwarf’s melding of one tune after another, you’ll dance.
March 20, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hampton History Museum
Join Norfolk State University history professor, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, for the second of three “Civic Dialogues” exploring the past, present and future of the local Civil Rights Movement with “The Influence of the Civil Rights Movement in Hampton Roads Today.” The terrain covered in this dialogue will range from voter registration and turn-out in the present to ways spatial segregation/integration still manifest in the local environment. Or, in another way, how far have we come and what work remains? This program series is funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
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