Fossils, Bus Tours, Firefighters, and Great Blues in June!
Hampton History Museum - Make History With Us!

7th Graders working in Syns-Eaton School garden 1911-1912

“Heaven and earth never agreed to frame a better place for man’s habitation.”
 --- Capt. John Smith, 1608

As part of our exploration of the city’s past, we’re opening “The Fragile Balance: Man and Nature in Hampton” with the free family fun event “Digging For Dinosaurs” (10 am-2 pm) during a day of free admission this Saturday, June 8 (10 am-5 pm).

Members: Don’t miss the exhibition opening reception
on Saturday, June 8, 6-7:30 pm. RSVP Now!

Continuing through Sept. 15, 2013, “The Fragile Balance: Man and Nature in Hampton” takes you through the dramatic prehistoric physical upheavals that formed the Chesapeake and the surrounding topography, and explores how man has benefited from, and has impacted, the region’s natural attributes.

Enjoy a day for the imagination with a journey back to Hampton in the day of the dinosaurs at the Hampton History Museum’s 2nd Saturday Family Day event  “Digging for Dinosaurs” on Saturday, June 8, 10 am-2 pm, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition “The Fragile Balance: Man and Nature in Hampton.” Admission is free.

Let us take you on a ride through America’s past and present as told through Hampton. Native Americans, British Settlement, African Arrival, American Revolution, Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Civil Rights and the Race to the Moon—Hampton has seen it all and played key roles in critical chapters in the story of the United States.
Tickets: Adults $12, College/Seniors/Military/AAA $10, Students ages 4-12 $6; 4 years and under free. Tour includes the Hampton History Museum and St. John’s Church. Two-hour tour leaves the museum 10 am Saturdays through October 26.
A great treat for yourself and visiting guests!

Reservations suggested. Call 757-727-1102

Share your memories with Oral History Project Coordinator Donna Dodenhoff
on Tuesdays, 1-4 pm. Call 727-6822 or email

Father’s Day is June 16! And what about all of the graduations and weddings coming up? Let the ladies in the Gift Shop help you find something for any occasion. For hours and ideas
call 727-6824. Proceeds benefit the Hampton History Museum - shop often!

Check out all the great events happening this month:

Fossil Shell
2nd Saturday
Family Day
Digging for Dinosaurs
Saturday, June 8
10 am-2 pm
Free and open
to the public

Families can enjoy a day for the imagination with a journey back to Hampton in the day of the dinosaurs. Kids can dig for fossils, match fossils to the critters they came from, draw scenes of the environment and animals that lived here 350 million years ago, and make clay dinosaurs of their own creation!
Remembrance Day photo by Garry Navarette
International Day of Remembrance
Saturday, June 8, 1
1 am-1 pm
Free and Open
to the Public

Let’s gather at the water to honor the Africans who perished during the “Middle Passage” as The Sankofa Projects hosts its 2nd Annual International Ritual of Remembrance Ceremony at Buckroe Beach.  Partners for this year’s ceremony are Project 1619, Inc., the Contraband Historical Society, Hampton Parks and Recreation and the Hampton History Museum.
MSG Acoustic Blues Trio
Front Porch Music Series
MSG Acoustic
Blues Trio
Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 pm
Members free, non-members $3

Enjoy an evening of traditional Piedmont blues with M.S.G. - The Acoustic Blues Trio. Their style of music has been influenced by the likes of Archie Edwards, Etta Baker and Cephas & Wiggins. M.S.G. can raise the roof with some old fashioned house party tunes and then make you weep with its blues ballads!
Hampton Fire Truck
Lunch in Time
The Hampton Fire Company:
Over a Century of Volunteer Firefighting
Wednesday, June 19, Noon-1 pm
Free and open to the public

On Wednesday, April 9, 1884, Hampton’s downtown was engulfed by flames. Without a fire department, the town’s business district was reduced to ashes. In the aftermath, the Hampton Volunteer Fire Company was established. Learn of this legendary organization’s tradition of service from second-generation volunteer firefighter Claude Burge.
Bring a bag lunch, we’ll have free beverages and dessert.
Pearl Harbor
Our Story, Our Time
A Day in Infamy:
A Teen’s Memories of Pearl Harbor
Thursday, June 27, 7 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Members free, non-members $3

Eloise Myers was awakened at 7:48 Sunday morning on December 7, 1941 to the sound of Japanese bombs exploding at the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. The teenaged girl’s father hurriedly put on his navy uniform and ran out of the house to take part in the action. Hear her story, and share your own, of  a day that will live in infamy.
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