Tag Archives: history

  • Lightship Crew bunk with manikin

    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.

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    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 National Register actually recognized drinking places, then the High Street corridor, along with a …

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    First Saturdays at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

    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.

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    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.

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    The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum – Black History Year Round

    Find out how baseball led the way in local desegregation within Hampton Roads. Portsmouth and Hampton led the charge at their local stadiums and after a lengthy boycott, Norfolk did the same. Learn more at the Portsmouth Colored Community Library where Black History is commemorated year-round.

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    A Post Such As Portsmouth – 1781

    March 28 and 29 Re-Enactment – A Post Such As Portsmouth – British Operations in Hampton Roads, 1781 – is a 2-day re-enactment designed to inform and entertain the public.  It features a variety of civilian impressions, military impressions, as well as members of the Royal Navy. The event takes place March 28-29, 2020 at …

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    Portsmouth Featured in Roulez Magazine

    Roulez Magazine is a virtual publication celebrating “the bounty of everyday life within widely diverse regions of the United States and other geographies.”  Kimberly Toms researched and wrote an in depth article about Portsmouth, Virginia, focusing on the history and culture of this old seaport town located in Coastal Virginia.  Nicholas Crawford provided some splendid …

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