Museum Secrets Workshop: How to Preserve and Store Your Family History Like the Pros

Saturday, October 27, 2018 10am – 11:30am

Children’s Museum of Virginia Orientation Room
Sponsored by the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Museums
Presented by Terri Blanchette, Heritage Preservation Specialist, TimeSorters LLC

Free Admission: You must pre-register by calling 757-393-8591. Please tell us what item you will bring with you! Space is limited.

Do you have family heirlooms but wonder how to preserve them? Learn to preserve your antiques with the proper archival materials and techniques in this hands-on workshop. You may bring ONE item or small collection to discuss and preserve (up to 6 photos or 5 documents; one photo album or scrapbook; 1 book; 1 framed item; or 1 other item no larger than a loaf of bread. Please tell us what you are bringing when you sign up, so we can provide the proper materials. Due to space limitations, you may not bring quilts, dresses, uniforms, or other large objects such as furniture.


Resistance & Resilience: Writing Jim Crow, Fall 2018 Writing Workshop
with Lisa Hartz, Executive Director of the Seven Cities Writers Project No fee! Series sponsored by the Seven Cities Writers Project, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Register for the class series by calling 757-393-8591; space is limited!

Class meets on 8 Fridays: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14, 12/21 Classes held at the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum, 904 Elm Ave., Portsmouth.

How do you, your family, and your community cope with the daily pressures and challenges posed by institutionalized racism, both current and historical? In this inspiring, supportive creative writing workshop we will draw out and collect your stories. You will write in response to prompts and selected readings, and receive helpful advice to keep you going. With your permission opportunities for publication online or in print will be explored.


Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Lecture Series

Portsmouth and The Great World War
Diane L. Cripps, Curator of History, Portsmouth Museums
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Portsmouth Historical Association. Free Admission; Free Parking!

Churchland Branch of the Portsmouth Public Library (Coleman Room), 4934 High Street West Portsmouth and The Great War had enormous effects on each other. At the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, hear how global events shaped Portsmouth and left the city and its shipyard prepared for the century to come. Please call (757)393-8591 for more information.


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The Portsmouth Community Library served black patrons from 1945 until 1963, when the main library was integrated. The small, one-story brick building was originally located on South Street near Effingham Street. The land at this new location was purchased with donations made by Portsmouth citizens, black and white.