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To Face the Unknown: Portsmouth and the Great War Exhibit

July 4 – October 9, 2017
Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High Street


Open on Monday holidays and on the First Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

On the occasion of the centennial of the U.S.’s entry into World War I, the History Division of the Portsmouth Museums will present To Face the Unknown, an exhibit that examines the effects of the Great War here at home. Come and see images and artifacts that tell the story of the effects that Portsmouth and the war had on each other. Join us for informative programs and lectures about the art of war, propaganda, the strange story of Portsmouth’s German Village, race relations during the war, and the dazzling concepts behind Dazzle Paint camouflage. Check the calendar listings here and at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center websites for program dates and times.

Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Lecture Series: "The Remains of the Celebrated Ironclad: Gosport and the Merrimack"

Thursday, June 8, 2017 4:00 p.m.
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The story of the USS Merrimack/CSS Virginia is intimately tied to the city of Portsmouth and the Gosport Navy Yard. Though burned, tested in battle, scuttled, and salvaged repeatedly, the vessel continues to be a presence in local and national history. NPS maritime historian Anna Gibson Holloway will present the saga of the ship and her local connections that stretch well past 1862.

Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Lecture Series: "Haven of Safety: The Kaiser’s Courteous Pirates in Hampton Roads"

Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00 p.m.
Churchland Branch of the Portsmouth Public Library

Gregory Hansard, Author and Manager of Web and Digital Resources, Virginia Historical Society, will lecture on the interned German sailors whose temporary internment in Portsmouth just before the US entered World War I made Hampton Roads a popular tourist destination. Their hastily-built "German Village," and the relationships they built with the local community made for a unique chapter in Portsmouth History. Free admission


 

World War I Centennial Programs

Sponsored by the Portsmouth Museums

For more information, call the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center at 757-393-8543, or the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum at 757-393-8591. Portsmouth Museums, 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

 

To Face the Unknown: Portsmouth and the Great War

Tuesday, July 4 – Monday, October 9
Opening Reception, Friday, July 7, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High Street

The Portsmouth Museums presents the exclusive exhibit, “To Face the Unknown: Portsmouth and the Great War,” which examines the effects World War I had on Portsmouth, and vice versa, through artifacts, documents, and stories of growth, service, and support on the home front.

 

Patriot’s Day: Commemorating the Great Wars

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 2 High Street

The Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum’s annual celebration of America’s birthday, this year commemorating the Great Wars. Live music, living history stations including a period recruitment station, crafts, activities, games, and more from the WWI & WWII eras.

Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 2 High Street

The Virginia WWI & WWII Commemoration Commission’s mobile museum will be stationed at Patriot’s Day, featuring stories and artifacts from dozens of Virginians who served in World Wars I & II. Bring your family’s wartime documents and memorabilia to be scanned as part of an ongoing collection of war information to be added to the Library of Virginia archives.

The Art of World War I

Saturday, July 8, 1:30 pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High St.

Dr. Linda McGreevy, former Art History Professor at Old Dominion University, will give a presentation on the art of WWI as it relates to paradigms surrounding The Great War.

Posters and Propaganda of World War I

Saturday, August 5, 1:30pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High St.

Dr. Brett Bebber, Professor of History at Old Dominion University, will give a presentation on the posters and propaganda of WWI.

Woodrow Wilson and Race Relations

Saturday September 2, 1:30 pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High St.

Dr. Eric Yellin, Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Richmond, will present on the policies of Woodrow Wilson and race relations during WWI.

Haven of Safety: The Kaiser’s Courteous Pirates in Hampton Roads

Thursday, September 14, 4:00 pm
Churchland Branch of the Portsmouth Public Library, 4934 High St.

West Gregory Hansard, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at the Virginia Historical Society, will lecture on the interned German sailors at Norfolk Navy Yard, whose temporary “German Village” became a pre-WWI tourist attraction.


Razzle Dazzle

Saturday October 7, 1:30 pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Jim Bruns, Director of the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington, D.C. will present on the art of camouflage and the razzle-dazzle paint designed for battleships during the First World War.


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