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Celebrating Our Heritage in Hampton Roads, Virginia: Fun Things to Do in February

Where were you when Martin Luther King made his “I have a dream” speech? What were you doing when you found out Kennedy had been assassinated? Who were you with when the United States decided to go to war with Vietnam?

During the months of January and February, there are plenty of reminders about our nation’s history: MLK Jr. Day, Black History Month and President’s Day to name a few. And while the younger generation only knows about these game-changing events from reading textbooks in high school, you and I can actually have a personal memory of what those days were like for us in our lives.

The Hampton Roads area also seems to have a strong appreciation for history, as evident by the many historical celebrations happening around the area in February.

Re-visit History All Over Again at These Hampton Roads Events This Month

If you consider yourself a history aficionado, Hampton Roads might be just the place for you. If you’re in the area, I recommend you check out some of the following events:

A Salute to the Tuskegee Airmen: Hear from the men of the US Army Air Corps who helped the nation fight the Axis Powers abroad, despite the fact that their home country was still a segregated place to live. During the event, artifacts from that era will also be on display and the movie “The Tuskegee Airmen” will play.

  • When: From 12 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 5
  • Where: Virginia War Museum, 9285 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News, VA
  • Admission: Adults $6.00 Seniors $5.00 Children $4.00 6-under
  • Free More Info: Call Colin Romanick at 757-247-8523

Black History Month Kick-Off: Dr. E. Curtis Alexander will present an educational program about African Americans and their participation in the Civil War.

  • When: 2 p.m. on Feb. 5
  • Where: The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center, 2803 Oak Ave. in Newport News, VA
  • Admission: Free
  • More Info: Call 757-247-2360

Port Hampton Lecture Series: The Hampton History Museum will host Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, a Norfolk State University Associate Professor of History, on Feb. 7. Newby-Alexander will present “African-Americans and the Civil War in Hampton Roads,” a lecture based on her recent book with the same title.

  • When: 7 p.m. on Feb. 7
  • Where: Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane in Hampton VA
  • Admission: Free for museum members, $3 for non-members
  • More Info: Call 757-727-1610

Lecture on Slavery in the South: On Feb. 6, John C. Coombs, author associate professor of history at Hampden-Sydney College will present “’Slaves are the most proper and cheap instruments for this plantation: Re-examining the Initial Establishment of Slavery in Virginia.” The lecture is part of a month-long theme at Jamestown Settlement: “From Africa to Virginia.”

  • When: 2 p.m. on Feb. 6
  • Where: Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg VA
  • Admission: $15.50 adults; $7.25 ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.
  • More Info: Call 757-253-4838

Living in Hampton Roads, Virginia

With its friendly charm and its focus on community events, the Hampton Roads area makes for a wonderful place for seniors to call home. If you’d like to learn more about Hampton Roads community events or would like to check out any available listings in the area, contact me, Diana Rondinelli, your Hampton Roads real estate expert.

Until next time,


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