Tom Hanks To Star In Movie About Maersk-Alabama

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Tom Hanks with staff from Charlie's Cafe in Norfolk.

Tom Hanks, star of such classics “Turner and Hooch” and “Joe Versus the Volcano,” was in Hampton Roads yesterday filming for “Captain Phillips,” a new movie about the cargo ship Maersk-Alabama that was captured by Somali pirates in 2009.  Hanks will play the role of the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips.  While in town he visited Charlie’s Cafe in Norfolk for breakfast (I recommend the Mom’s Omlet…delicious).  To read more about Hanks’ visit click here.

In related news, Director of Military Relations at Old Dominion University, Dick Whalen, recently completed a painting of the Maersk-Alabama and the U.S. Navy ship that rescued it, USS Bainbridge, for Maersk Line, Ltd.  Whalen is a self-taught artist who has painted naval vessels and other maritime scenes since childhood.  Whalen was contacted by Maersk a few months after the incident to produce a painting of the rescue.  To read more click here.   Read more

New Online Exhibit! "Notes on Knots"

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The Library’s first online exhibit is now up!  This exhibit showcases Henry Bushby’s manuscript “Notes on Knots.”  Composed of eight volumes with over 1,900 hand-written pages and beautifully drawn pen and ink diagrams, Bushby’s manuscript represents an in depth study of knotting and ropework, as well as knot theory.   Be sure to click on the images for a close-up view of  Bushby’s  illustrations and text.

**You can see the exhibit here:   Read more

"Death to Bourbonism!": The Wedge

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The Library has in its collections a very unique and rare newspaper: The Wedge.  This newspaper is not only an interesting piece of local history, but it also is an artifact from a little-known, but highly-important time in Virginia history.

The Wedge is generally understood to be the first newspaper published inNewport News,VA.  It was also the local organ for the short-lived Readjuster Party, a state-wide organization made up of disaffected Democrats, Republicans and African-Americans that coalesced in opposition to the “Bourbon” Democrats during the late 1870s and early 1880s.   Read more