Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hunt for Historic Yorktown area history to be held November 3


October 23, 2012
     The fifth York County Hunt for History event will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yorktown Middle School, 11201 George Washington Memorial Highway (US-17), in York County. The event will feature:

  • Exhibits by various history-related organizations, including genealogical research groups
  • Slide-show of Historic Yorktown area photos
  • Lectures / Presentations
       Mark Chambers, an aviation history author who has researched the history of U.S. naval flight testing in Hampton Roads, will speak about the history of Naval Air Station Yorktown in his presentation "Naval Air Station (NAS) Yorktown: Site of Firsts in American Aviation." Mr. Chambers is the author of Flight Research at NASA Langley Research Center (Arcadia Publishing Publication), From Research to Relevance: Significant Achievements in Aeronautical Research at Langley Research Center (1917-2002) (NASA Publication), and Engineering Test Pilot: The Exceptional Career of John P. "Jack" Reeder (Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Publication). Mr. Chambers is also the co-author, with his father Joseph, of Radical Wings & Wind Tunnels: Advanced Concepts Tested at NASA Langley (Specialty Press Publication).
       Ms. Bethany Austin, Hampton History Museum, will instruct participants on how to best care for and preserve important family papers and photographs for future generations.
  • Showing of Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance, a film series produced by the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
  • Antique post card display and sale
  • Children's activities
  • And more!
     In an effort to capture more of York County's illustrious history, archivists from the Historical Museum will be available to digitally copy family letters, photos, diaries, hand-drawn maps and other family documents of historical significance. They will also photograph three-dimensional objects/items of historical significance. Items should be originals and owned by the individual presenting the materials. Individuals will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. 
     The event is in cooperation with Virginia's Civil War 150 Legacy Project, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by identifying and recording previously unknown Civil War-era documents. Though Virginia is focusing primarily on the Civil War, the York County Historical Museum is seeking to document historically significant items from any era of York County's history. 
     Hunt for York County's History is only one of numerous events planned by the York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/ychm.

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