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Disney’s “The Finest Hours” and the Portsmouth Lightship Museum

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” and the Portsmouth Lightship Museum

I’m Diane L. Cripps, Curator of History, Portsmouth Museums and I hope you will enjoy this write up from Ross Patterson, about Ervin Maske, a Coast Guard seaman on his way to serve aboard our Lightship off Massachusetts in 1952, when a storm intervened. He wound up volunteering for a dangerous rescue mission. If the story sounds familiar, it may be because it was made into a 2016 movie by Walt Disney Pictures called The Finest Hours. The incident has been called the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue.

10 Things to Do Outside

10 Things to Do Outside

With the onslaught of COVID-19, it has never been more important for those who self-isolate to have opportunities to get outdoors, away from crowds, and enjoy the healing properties of nature. Explore new places, safely. Be mindful of those around you and keep at least 6 feet away.

NIGHTLIFE

NIGHTLIFE

Spirited Revelry for Nearly 300 Years In Portsmouth, even nightlife has a history! High Street is a central part of the Downtown Portsmouth National Historic District.  It represents the town center, commercial core of  what everyone now calls Olde Towne.  If the...

10 Things To Do In Portsmouth, Virginia This Spring

10 Things To Do In Portsmouth, Virginia This Spring

Portsmouth in the Spring Springtime is a lovely time to visit Portsmouth.  The temperate climate along the Elizabeth River means early blooms along the tree-lined streets. The stately old homes are accented with forsythia, cherry blossoms, tulips, and other vibrant...

Portsmouth’s Must Try Dessert Scene

Portsmouth’s Must Try Dessert Scene

"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart." ~ Erma Bombeck "Sometimes a girl's gotta have some chocolate!" ~ Carrie Underwood "I love dessert. I can't be guilty about it because I have to taste everything. I...

The Lightship Portsmouth Reveals New Stories in 2020

The Lightship Portsmouth Reveals New Stories in 2020

As an official Coast Guard City, Portsmouth is proud to showcase the early days of Coast Guard service. The Lightship Portsmouth Museum contains artifacts and exhibits detailing what life was like on board for those men (no women at the time) who served to protect our shores.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s in Portsmouth

Celebrate St. Paddy’s in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Virginia has a variety of St. Patrick Celebrations to enjoy. Don’t miss the 2nd annual St. Paddy’s Day Street Festival on Saturday, March 14th or the St. Patrick’s Day Olde Towne Pub Crawl on Tuesday, March 17th.

Children’s Museum of Virginia Celebrates 40 Years

Children’s Museum of Virginia Celebrates 40 Years

The Children’s Museum of Virginia Celebrates Huge Milestone – It’s turning 40! Museum Plans Special Events and Activities through End of the Year   Who remembers when Andalo, the Children’s Museum of Virginia’s mascot, opened the doors of imagination to the...