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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.
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.
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...
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...
First Saturday’s of each month March-November, 2020, guests may enter the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum for free and enjoy the exhibits, displays, and special programming. March 7 features the Ironclads.
"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...
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.
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.
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...
Portsmouth hosts Virginia Garden Week Home and Garden Tour in Olde Towne Portsmouth on April 18th. Five homes and the Hill House Museum are on the tour. Details within the article. Tickets on sale now.