Friday, October 25, 2013

DMV2Go at Library; Veterans Day ceremony; Hunt for History event; Skywatchers at New Quarter Park

York County to Observe Veterans Day in Yorktown on November 11

October 23, 2013


"Letters from War" is the continuing theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony held in Historic Yorktown.  Gather with members of the York County Historical Committee as they pay tribute to those who are serving and have served our nation in times of war.
In remembrance of Veterans Day 2013, the Historical Committee will observe the occasion with a memorial service in the Board Room, Second Floor, York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, on Monday, November 11.  The service will begin at 12 noon and will include a tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, laying of honors, and "Taps." There will also be a special recognition of all Veterans of our Armed Forces. 
This year's program will be a presentation about veterans from York County – the stories and photographs of the men and women who have served our nation in the various Armed Services throughout our nation's history.
Immediately following the ceremony, musician Timothy Seaman will present a colorful and informative tribute to the music of the Civil War period.  Mr. Seaman, internationally known, Williamsburg artist, has thrilled audiences for decades with adventurous music from his 15 CDs on Virginia themes, highlighting his uniquely expressive approach to the hammered dulcimer, flute, whistle, mountain dulcimer and many other instructions.  Mr. Seaman's appearance is presented by the York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.
For more information, call York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 890-3500.

DMV2Go returns to Yorktown Library on November 5

October 22, 2013


The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' DMV2Go mobile office program continues its regular stops in York County every other month.  The next visit of DMV2Go is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yorktown Library, 8500 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown.
DMV2Go is a full service office on wheels that conducts DMV transactions that would usually have to be done at a DMV office, including applying or renewing driver's licenses, ID cards and Veterans ID Cards (issued if the veteran supplies a copy of their DD214).
For more information on DMV2Go, visit

Final Hunt for History to be held November 2

October 24, 2013


The seventh and final in the series of York County Hunt for History events will be held Saturday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 at the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown gymnasium, Building 2067, Lebanon Church Road, in York County. 
The event will feature:
• Special reunion for retirees of the Naval Weapons Station (1918-2013)
• Short lectures and presentations by local historians
• Exhibits by various history-related organizations
• Slide-show of the historic York County photos
• Presentation 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
• A cannon and small arms exhibit by the 1st Regiment of the Virginia Volunteers of the North-South Skirmish Association

Archivist from the York County Historical Museum will be on-hand 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. 
This Hunt for History event covers the following areas:  Bruton, Lightfoot, Camp Peary, Cheatham Annex, Naval Weapons Station, and Lackey.  However, it is open to all residents.
The event is held 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.
York County's Hunt for History events are sponsored by the York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the York County Historical Museum.  These events are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 890-3500 or visit
Directions to the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown gymnasium:  Jefferson Avenue (Route 143) to the main entrance (Gate 3) of the Naval Weapons Station.  Turn right before going through the gate.  The gymnasium is located at the gate.  The gymnasium is located at the end of 1st Street.  The gymnasium is not located on the base, so no identification is required.

NASA Skywatchers at New Quarter Park on November 9

October 24, 2013


The NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers astronomy club will be setting up its telescopes at New Quarter Park on Saturday, November 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The public is invited to view the planet Venus, a galaxy, and other celestial objects through club members' equipment.  The Moon can also be viewed through high-quality binoculars.
Visitors are welcome to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to talk to the club members about astronomy and telescopes before it is fully dark.  Scout leaders should call ahead to discuss using the venue to earn merit badges.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive adjacent to the Queens Lake neighborhood.
For more information, call York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 890-3513 (Monday through Thursday) or New Quarter Park at 890-5840 (Friday through Sunday).

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