Secrets in the Stacks


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The Mariners’ Museum Library invites you for a walk into the museum’s past.  Please join Jennifer Anielski for a Secrets in the Stacks that will  have you saying, “ I remember when …” as we look at photographs of the museum and park from yesteryear.   As an added bonus, a few faces of the past may appear as well.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 3rd at noon.

See you at the Library!

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  1. Jennifer’s presentatation was GREAT! What a fantastic view of the formative days of America’s stupendous National Maritime Museum!

    We can hardly wait for the next Secrets… event on September 7th when Tom Moore will share the Museum’s extraordinary collection of photographs that visually illustrate the role of Newport News as one of the major military Ports of Embarkation during World War II.

    On December 7, 1941, war came to America with the Japanese surprise attack on the United States’ Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In a few short months, the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation was activated. A giant natural harbor, Hampton Roads served the nation as a military port in the Spanish-American War and World War I. During World War II, the port headquarters was established here in Newport News and the port ranked third in the nation, after New York and San Francisco, through which troops and war materiel were shipped to both Europe and the South Pacific. The urbanization of Newport News since the 1940s has erased many of the landmarks that defined the area at the time, and most of us would not recognize very many of those which remain. We will gain an broader understanding of the not-well-appreciated role of Newport News in support of the war effort, and may also gain an understanding of a landmark that we drive by every day without knowing its role in our Nation’s history.