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4 pm

Branch Library; Coleman Room

Friends Lecture:
Archaeological Discoveries of Virginia’s Earliest Colonists

Bly Straube has worked on archaeological projects in the Williamsburg area since 1973, and was one of the founding members of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project in 1994, where she served as Senior Curator for more than twenty years. She was part of the archaeological team that located the original James Fort, the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

“It’s like a big detective story that we’re bringing to life,” Straube says of her work. “You never know what’s going to come in next. I am never, ever bored.”

Straube is currently serving as an independent material culture specialist, serving as an NEH Humanities Scholar consulting with Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland, and Interim Curator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, among many other projects.

The Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Lecture Series is Free and Open To The Public


July 2

10 am - 5 pm

Patriot’s Day! World War II Patriotism in Portsmouth

Outside of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard & Lightship Portsmouth

Celebrate American independence 1940’s style! Learn about life on the home front in World War II Portsmouth. Sign up to become a W.A.V.E., fly a target kite, and experience live Swing Music and Swing dancing throughout the afternoon!

Free open-air event! Sponsored by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum in collaboration with the Portsmouth Museums.


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