Norfolk Historical Society 


Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater


    When World War I began in 1914, neither the United States Navy nor American coastal shipping vessels were directly affected. By the end of the war in 1918, three German U-boats, U-151, U-140, and U-117, had sunk a total of 10 vessels off North Carolina alone. When the U-151 arrived off the U.S. East Coast in May 1918, it was the first foreign enemy naval vessel to invade U.S. waters since the War of 1812. World War I had come home to the United States. This is the story of the brave Americans that went up against Germany’s newest weapon, the U-boat.

    Learn more on December 12, 2018, When Tane Renata Casserley, Research Coordinator, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, tells us more about U-Boat victims in the Mid-Atlantic region, and what is being done to protect this part of our cultural heritage.

    FREE and open to the public   

    • Wednesday, January 09, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre

    Hampton Roads Murder & Mayhem ~ Author and historian Nancy E. Sheppard highlights some of Hampton Roads’ more nefarious past, dating back to the 16th century. Join us if you dare for a glimpse into some of the darkest moments in Hampton Roads' history. Book signing follows program.

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre

    Fort Monroe’s Arc of History ~ Robert Kelly, Casemate Museum, Fort Monroe, takes the fort from the 1619 landing of the First Africans to President Obama’s 2011 proclamation of Fort Monroe as a National Monument.

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre

    Stronger than Sorrow, the Life of Dolley Madison Historical interpreter Anna Deitel appears as one of America’s most popular First Ladies.

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Bulls-eye at Midway: The Life of U.S. Navy Dive Bomber Pilot Jack 'Dusty' Kleiss~ Naval historians Tim and Laura Orr bring us the story of Lt. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss, whose heroic actions during the 1942 Battle of Midway earned him the Navy Cross. 

    Book signing follows program.

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre

    Monuments Men of World War II ~ MacArthur Memorial Education Manager Amanda Williams discusses the US Army’s effort to protect Europe’s cultural heritage during WWII. Rescheduled from October 10, 2018

    FREE and open to the public

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theatre

    On the Serendipitous Trail of George Washington, Part II ~ Teacher & historian Jim Guy, son of our own Louis Guy, returns in the persona of George Washington, to tell us more about the Father of our Country.

    FREE and open to the public

Past events

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 The Yorktown Campaign, 1781
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Omar Nelson Bradley: America's GI General
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 The "Monuments Men" of World War II - RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 12, 2019
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 Lord Dunmore Returns
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 An Evening With George Washington
Thursday, July 05, 2018 Norfolk Public Library Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Craney Island victory weekend (War of 1812)
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Hearts of Oakum: Sailors and Sea Chanteys in the American Revolution
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 The Maple Leaf Incident of 1863
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 German Sailors in Hampton Roads: A World War I Story at the Norfolk Naval Yard
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 History of The Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Medicine in Early Virginia
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Dedication of Captain John Smith Cross Marker/POSTPONED
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 World War II on America’s Doorstep! U-Boats off the Mid-Atlantic Coast
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 The Furious Fall of '75: Actions Leading to the Battle of Great Bridge and the Burning of Norfolk
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 History of Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Mapmakers of the Reformation: The Ascendancy of Protestant Cartographers in the 17th Century
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Operation Torch: 75 Years Later
Sunday, September 17, 2017 War of 1812 at Fort Norfolk
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 The Seaside Calls: Visit Fort Monroe 1901
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 Threads: Connecting Fort Norfolk's Past
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Along Virginia's Route 58: True Tales & Haunted Highlands
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Craney Island Victory Celebration
Sunday, June 18, 2017 Civil War Life at Fort Norfolk
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 "Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate: Sailors and Sea Chanteys in the War of 1812": An Evening with the Crew of the USS Constellation
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 My Fellow Soldiers
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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