Norfolk Historical Society 


Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater

    John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (1860-1948) took command of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) on the Western
    Front in 1917. Two years later, Congress elevated him to the rank of “General of the Armies of the United States,” one of only two
    Americans (along with George Washington) to achieve that distinction.  

    On 10 May, Andrew Carroll, Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University and a New York Times bestselling author, discusses his new book, "My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War"; and the new PBS film "The Great War." Mr. Carroll is especially hoping that veterans and/or their families will bring wartime letters and emails to contribute to the Center for American War Letters ( Book signing follows program.

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater



    Join us in June and prepare to be entertained as a group of War of 1812 re-enactors provides an evening of song with their history of the sea chantey and its purpose in early 19th century maritime life in America.

    FREE and open to the public


    • Sunday, June 18, 2017
    • Sunday, August 27, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Fort Norfolk

    Civil War Re-enactors will be at Fort Norfolk demonstrating life at the Fort during the Civil War.  Visitors will learn about the year that the Fort was used by the Confederate Army to defend Norfolk from the Union Army and Navy.  After the Confederate Army evacuated the Fort in May of 1862, the Union army reoccupied the Fort.  The Union Army used the Fort as a Prison for Confederate soldiers and political prisoners. Visitors can also learn about the everyday life of a Civil War soldier.

    • Saturday, June 24, 2017
    • Sunday, June 25, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Fort Norfolk

    War of 1812 re-enactors celebrate the victory at the Battle of Craney Island on June 22, 1813 at Fort Norfolk.  Visitors will learn about the Battle of Craney Island and learn about the life of soldiers and sailors during the War of 1812.

    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre 198 Bank Street Norfolk VA 23510

    Please join us on July 12, when author Joe Tennis returns to share some spooky stories from his latest book, "Haunted Highlands: Ghosts & Legends of North Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia," plus some local tales from his recently released
    "Along Virginia's Route 58: True Tales from Beach to Bluegrass," which is a second edition of his 2007 book "Beach to Bluegrass."

    View vintage photos of Norfolk and Virginia Beach and hear tales of haunted lakes, rivers, hospitals, colleges, hotels, railroads and more as the author shares stories related to Hampton Roads and
    beyond, to the mountains of Virginia and neighboring states. It's a road trip from the Cavalier Hotel and Courtland to Mountain Lake, Pound, Castlewood, Bristol and Martinsville - with tales of
    duels, demons, angels and lost body parts. 

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, August 09, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre 198 Bank STreet Norfolk VA 23510

    Col. Jason E. Kelly, Commander, Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, shares the history of this 1810 hidden gem on Norfolk's waterfront. 

    FREE and open to the public 

    • Sunday, September 17, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Fort Norfolk

    Fort Norfolk will be celebrating the anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.  War of 1812 re-enactors will be at the fort doing weapons demonstrations and talking about the War of 1812.  Event is free and open to the public.

    • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater

    Christopher Kolakowski, Director of the MacArthur Memorial, shares the story of "Operation Torch," the successful World War II invasion of Norfolk Africa. Plans for Operation Torch were laid out at the Norfolk's Nansemond Hotel, and maneuvers were practiced on the beaches of Ocean View. 

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater

    Marcus Robbins, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Historian, offers a pictorial history of this local facility, and the ships that have been constructed there, which have served our country at war and at peace for more than 200 years.

    FREE and open to the public  

Past events

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Baseball in Norfolk, Part III: The Tides
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 The Army Airship Roma
Sunday, January 29, 2017 The Casemate Museum – A Look Back and a Look Ahead
Sunday, January 29, 2017 NHS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Irene Leache, Anna Wood and the origins of the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Last Stand on Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941–May 1942
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 The Occupation of Norfolk, 1862-1865
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 First World War Commonwealth War Graves Commemorations
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 A Postcard History of Norfolk, 1868-1970s
Sunday, September 11, 2016 War of 1812 event
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 James Rivington and George Washington’s Spy Ring
Saturday, July 23, 2016 WWII Symposium: War in the Southwest Pacific
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Spy Rings of the Revolutionary War
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 An Evening with Admiral Horatio Nelson
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Walk Norfolk Chase
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 George Wythe and American Independence
Thursday, May 19, 2016 The Walker Spy Ring
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Clash of Titans: The Battle of Jutland
Friday, April 15, 2016 Joseph N. Green Jr. Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Lost Cemeteries of Norfolk: a Grave Situation
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 The Virginia Squires
Thursday, February 18, 2016 "IMages of America": Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 The First Eight Weeks: Douglas MacArthur and Japan, August-October 1945
Sunday, January 24, 2016 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 The Construction of Fort Monroe: An Archival Investigation
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Covering America's Wars: Viet Nam to Iraq
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Strip Tease Girls: Experience Unnecessary
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Why Aren't They Smiling? A Look at Civil War Photographs
Sunday, September 27, 2015 Civil War re-enactors at Fort Norfolk
Sunday, September 13, 2015 Star-Spangled Banner Day at Fort Norfolk
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Personal Reflections on Henry Clay's Legacy of Statesmanship
Sunday, August 30, 2015 Civil War re-enactors at Fort Norfolk
Sunday, August 23, 2015 Norfolk's Cemeteries & the Garden Movement
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 A Postcard History of Norfolk
Sunday, July 26, 2015 Civil War Living History at Fort Norfolk
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 Lecture: MacArthur -- The Supreme Commander at War in the Pacific
Sunday, June 21, 2015 Notice: 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Craney Island
Saturday, June 20, 2015 War of 1812 State Marker Dedication
Sunday, June 14, 2015 Notice: Opening day for Fort Norfolk tours
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Lecture: Virginia Trails - Crossing the Commonwealth
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Lecture: Historic Fort Norfolk: A Hidden Gem
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Notice: Archaeological Dig at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 Lecture: ANZAC Day and Gallipoli, 1915
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Lecture: The Lincoln Photo Exhibition
Sunday, February 22, 2015 Make Tea not War: Commemorating the Treaty of Ghent Bicentennial
Saturday, February 21, 2015 Treaty of Ghent Bicentennial Gala
Saturday, February 21, 2015 Treaty of Ghent Rose Dedication
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Lecture: Rediscovering the Treaty of Ghent
Sunday, January 25, 2015 Norfolk Historical Society Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 A History of Naval Station Norfolk
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Wardrobe for a Belle: Fashion in the era of Susan Wheeler
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Driven from the Seas: Oyster Pirates and a 'Little Travesty' on the Chesapeake Bay

For video of many of our past programs, be sure to visit our YouTube channel, Norfolk History Preserved.

Address: P.O. Box 6367, Norfolk, VA  23508-0367

Phone: (757) 640-1720


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