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Fall 2006 Courier

Historical Opportunities

A big new program for NHS is the Norfolk History Museum Lecture
(or Performance) Series. For 2007 we plan to present this monthly
series EVERY second Wednesday, 7:00 PM, at Chrysler Museum’s
Kaufman Theater. Subjects can be anything related to Norfolk Area
History, highlighting something relevant in the gem that is the new
Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House. Please see the events page for the latest information on this series.

On July 23 NHS was well represented at the planning charrette
in Hampton for Fort Monroe. The City’s consultants guided the
discussions away from consideration of National Park status, but
the emphasis on preserving the scenic vistas and historic sites came
through loud and clear. The Commonwealth of Virginia owns
“reversionary” rights to the fort itself and the oldest land, now key to
whether this extraordinary public property is preserved for public use
or opened to private development. See more info @
NHS had a productive meeting with Col. Dionysios Anninos, the new Norfolk District Commander, concerning the future at Old Fort Norfolk. A strong task force led by Bill Miner prepared mailings to fourteen historic Places of Worship in Norfolk, soliciting their help to develop a guidebook and/or tour. Responses are starting to be received. A Norfolk History Guidebook is also “on the drawing board.” The NHS Board reviewed our Strategic Plan and the first year’s performance. As activities have grown we are reaching the limit of existing resources, both volunteers and funding. We are looking for more active members on our several committees and task forces. Let us hear from you all.

— Louis Guy, President



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