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Being one of the oldest cities on the eastern seaboard, Norfolk has a storied past.  The Norfolk Historic Society, in partnership with NorfolkTV, brings you presentations on the well known and lesser known events and people that played a part in the deep history of our region.
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Haunted Highlands In Hampton Roads & Across Virginia

by NorfolkTV

56:35

The Waterside District: A History

by NorfolkTV

4:33

Norfolk Tides Baseball - A History

by NorfolkTV

45:28

Ash Wednesday Mega Storm Of 1962 In Hampton Roads

by NorfolkTV

45:26

The Airship Roma Crashes In Hampton Roads History

by NorfolkTV

34:46

Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences

by NorfolkTV

52:08

Civil War Occupation of Norfolk, VA 1862-1865

by NorfolkTV

55:36

Sacrifice: Casualties of WWI (Commonwealth War Graves Comm.)

by NorfolkTV

45:17

Historic Postcards of Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

55:31

George Washington’s Spy Ring - James Rivington

by NorfolkTV

59:37

An Evening with Admiral Horatio Nelson

by NorfolkTV

34:50

George Wythe and American Independence

by NorfolkTV

29:35

Airship Roma Disaster In Hampton Roads Author

by NorfolkTV

13:50

Lost Cemeteries of Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

44:36

World's Biggest Naval Battle (WWI) - Jutland

by NorfolkTV

44:36

Remember Virginia Squires Basketball?

by NorfolkTV

59:33

Douglas MacArthur And Japan - The First Eight Weeks

by NorfolkTV

39:22

The Construction of Historic Fort Monroe

by NorfolkTV

43:26

Joe Gallaway - Covering America's Wars: Vietnam to Iraq

by NorfolkTV

14:49

Strip Tease Girls - History of Norfolk's Gaiety Theater

by NorfolkTV

29:20

A Brief History of NATO Azalea Queens

by NorfolkTV

13:11

Henry Clay's Legacy of Statesmanship

by NorfolkTV

29:35

Norfolk, VA In Historic Photographs & Postcards

by NorfolkTV

45:06

"The Supreme Commander"

by NorfolkTV

28:05

Elmwood Cemetery History Tour - Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

1:00:07

Virginia Rail Trails & Stories

by NorfolkTV

58:53

Fort Norfolk - 1794 to Present

by NorfolkTV

45:06

The Norfolk Historical Society - Interview

by NorfolkTV

7:33

Norfolk Historic Cemeteries - Calvary Tour

by NorfolkTV

59:37

Gallipoli - Crucible of Nations

by NorfolkTV

41:51

Norfolk's Animals - A History

by NorfolkTV

1:00:23

The MacArthur Memorial: 1964-2014

by NorfolkTV

6:38

War Of 1812 In Hampton Roads

by NorfolkTV

29:34

Deep History Of The Slover Library In Norfolk

by NorfolkTV

27:31

City Of Change - Norfolk, Virginia 1950's & 60's

by NorfolkTV

20:51

Naval Station Norfolk History In Pictures

by NorfolkTV

21:01

Fashion In America 1800-1820

by NorfolkTV

30:10

Norfolk Southern Railroad Legacy

by NorfolkTV

52:32

Oyster Pirates on the Chesapeake Bay

by NorfolkTV

45:22

Dead Norfolk Notables - Elmwood Cemetery Tour

by NorfolkTV

49:06

She Defeated The Poll Tax - Remembering Evelyn T. Butts

by NorfolkTV

3:00

It Happened in the White House...Wives

by NorfolkTV

52:41

The Great War and Norfolk 1914-1919

by NorfolkTV

49:07

Fort Norfolk - Revolutionary War

by NorfolkTV

6:59

Beach to Bluegrass: Traveling Virginia Highway 58

by NorfolkTV

1:13:17

D-Day: The 29th Infantry Division

by NorfolkTV

41:57

Norfolk Southern celebrates 50 years of Pier 6

by Norfolk Southern Corp

8:09

Al Doumar TV Interview & Cone Making - 2005

by NorfolkTV

15:17

Women Of Note In Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

40:17

MacArthur Memorial 50th Anniversary Ceremony

by NorfolkTV

27:52

The Last Trolley In Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

11:49

Douglas MacArthur's Pipe, Ray-Bans And Hat On Display In Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

6:12

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

by NorfolkTV

50:47

WWI German Sailors In Hampton Roads (World War One)

by NorfolkTV

41:52

History Of Auto Dealerships In Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

48:26

Battle of Big Bethel (Civil War)

by NorfolkTV

40:43

Old Ironsides: America's Ship of State

by NorfolkTV

41:52

Norfolk Amtrak Station Grand Opening

by NorfolkTV

17:44

Life During The 1940s in Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

28:15

The Amazing History of Norfolk's Fire Department

by NorfolkTV

32:19

Abraham Lincoln Landed In Ocean View - Norfolk, Virginia

by NorfolkTV

55:59

Battle of Craney Island Veterans Reminisce - Norfolk Historic

by NorfolkTV

21:51

The Hurricane of 1933

by NorfolkTV

12:03

Last Voyage Of The U.S.S. Monitor

by NorfolkTV

50:25

Fort Norfolk, From Humble Beginnings

by Norfolk District Army Corps

16:14

USS Wisconsin Sailor's WWII Journal

by NorfolkTV

3:15

General Douglas MacArthur's Living Library

by NorfolkTV

7:54

Fort Monroe In Transition - April 2013

by NorfolkTV

45:00

The USS Wisconsin getting "ship-shape" for below deck tours

by NorfolkTV

5:27

MacArthur Memorial At Morotai, Indonesia

by NorfolkTV

1:35

French Influence On Forts Of The American Revolution

by NorfolkTV

40:40

Eleanor Roosevelt Rediscovered

by NorfolkTV

27:30

Norfolk earns White House recognition - Michelle Obama awards Attucks R.I.S.E

by NorfolkTV

2:22

Lost Norfolk Architecture - City of Norfolk Virginia

by NorfolkTV

58:41

Lost Norfolk Architecture, Virginia - Part 2

by NorfolkTV

56:31

A look around the Hermitage Museum

by NorfolkTV

7:16

The Real Treasure Island

by NorfolkTV

58:24

First Female Boxing Coach in U.S. Olympic History - News story

by NorfolkTV

5:33

First Female Boxing Coach in U.S. Olympic History - interview

by NorfolkTV

12:18

Norfolk's Museum Age

by NorfolkTV

44:12

World War Two (WWII) through photographs - Norfolk Historical Society

by NorfolkTV

56:59

Freemasons in Virginia - War of 1812 - Fort Norfolk Historic

by NorfolkTV

28:08

Norfolk's Newspapers past and present - Norfolk Perspectives with Bob Batcher

by NorfolkTV

30:23

History and Beauty of Nature at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

by NorfolkTV

6:18

Women Built This Botanical Garden In Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

10:21

Virginia's First Light Rail Line Opening Day - MASSIVE CROWDS IN NORFOLK VA

by NorfolkTV

1:44

Light Rail - A historical recap of the rise of The Tide

by NorfolkTV

7:46

An 1843 copy of The Declaration of Independence in Norfolk VA

by NorfolkTV

2:01

MacArthur Memorial grand re-opening

by NorfolkTV

3:48

A Photographic History of Norfolk, Virginia

by NorfolkTV

28:15

Vietnam exhibit - "Marking Time" in Norfolk, VA

by NorfolkTV

28:49

History of Ocean View - on the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia

by NorfolkTV

22:16

Mobile museum in Berkley Norfolk Virginia

by NorfolkTV

3:58

Historic Core Mausoleum Restored in Norfolk VA

by NorfolkTV

3:20

Fire and Police Museum in Norfolk - an arresting new development

by NorfolkTV

3:02

Hampton Roads Naval Museum, a Norfolk Virginia Nautical Treasure

by NorfolkTV

1:14

Opsail 2012 in Norfolk, VA - News Update

by NorfolkTV

0:45

Tuskegee Airmen visit Norfolk Juvenile Detention

by NorfolkTV

1:47

Interview with the Quilters of Gees Bend

by NorfolkTV

10:04

Massive Resistance at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk

by NorfolkTV

4:35

Massive Resistance in Norfolk - Civil Rights Norfolk 17

by NorfolkTV

4:09

It Took 50 Years to Graduate this (Lost) Class from High School

by NorfolkTV

3:14

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine about Civil Rights in Norfolk

by NorfolkTV

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History of Auto Dealerships in Norfolk, VA

Bill Inge presents "Auto Row," the history of automobile dealerships in Norfolk, Virginia
Presented by the Norfolk Historical Society at the MacArthur Memorial Auditorium in January of 2014

Battle of Big Bethel (Civil War)

One of Virginia's great battle of the Civil War discussed in this Norfolk Historic Society presentation mad in December of 2013. Michael Cobb, Curator of the Hampton History Museum, who is a co-author of book on the Battle of Big Bethel pr…


Old Ironsides: America's Ship of State

The story of the 216 year old USS Constitution. The presenter, Captain Christopher A. Melhuish, USN (ret.), commanded Old Ironsides from 1997 to 1999, and was on-board the ship during her historic sail in the summe…

Norfolk Amtrak Station Grand Opening

On December 2, 2013 city, state and federal dignitaries were on hand to cut the ribbon on the new Amtrak station located at Harbor Park in downtown Norfolk. The Norfolk light rail system connects to the station for a…

The Amazing History of Norfolk's Fire Department

A presentation of the Norfolk Historical Society
The City of Norfolk has a rich history of quality and innovative response to emergencies. Over 100 years of fire…

Abraham Lincoln lands on the beaches of Norfolk, VA during Civil War occupation

Directly across the Chesapeake Bay from historic Fort Monroe during the beginning of the Civil War. "The Surrender and Occupation of Norfolk during the Civil War": presented by Norfolk Historical Society features th…

Battle of Craney Island Veterans Reminisce - Norfolk Historic

Three veterans of the 1813 Battle of Craney Island meet in Norfolk in 1815 and share memories of the battle. One is a member of the Virginia militia, one the Commander of the Gosport Navy Yard and one a Canadian A…

The Hurricane of 1933

A Norfolk Perspectives History Slice with city historian Peggy Haile McPhillips

Last Voyage Of The U.S.S. Monitor

A presentation to the Norfolk, VA Historical Society
Anna Holloway is the Director of the Monitor Project at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA…

The Last Trolley In Norfolk, VA

This edition of Norfolk Perspectives includes film footage of the last trolley. You can see the brand new buses that replaced the trolleys in Norfolk too.

USS Wisconsin Sailor's WWII Journal

Visitors to Nauticus are in for a treat as they get a first hand account of life what life was like on the USS Wisconsin. A new exhibit at Nauticus greets visitors as you make your way to the USS Wisconsin and featu…

General Douglas MacArthur's Living Library

You know about the MacArthur Memorial, but did you know about the MacArthur Memorial library & research center? It's full of thousands of materials that General Douglas MacArthur collected throughout his life. From …

MacArthur Memorial At Morotai, Indonesia

Representatives from the Indonesian government were at the MacArthur Memorial's new visitor's center last month to ask for help as they prepare to build a museum on the island of Morotai. During World War II, Moro…

French Influence On Forts Of The American Revolution

Col. Paul B. Olsen, District Commander of Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineers spoke on the topic: French Fortifications and Fort Norfolk.…

Eleanor Roosevelt Rediscovered

Get to know the powerful personality of Eleanor
Roosevelt. Virginia Patriots historical interpreter…

Norfolk earns White House recognition - Michelle Obama awards Attucks R.I.S.E

The Crispus Attucks Cultural Center's RISE after-school program has been awarded the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. RISE stands for Rhythm in Setting Expectation. The program engages low…

Lost Norfolk Architecture - City of Norfolk Virginia

Norfolk's well-known and not so well-known structures that have been lost to history but preserved forever in photographs…

Lost Norfolk Architecture, Virginia - Part 2

Vanished scenes from Norfolk's past by William B. Inge
A study of the City of Norfolk's architecture over the year…

A look around the Hermitage Museum

A Norfolk, VA treasure located north of ODU off Hampton Boulevard is a unique house and gardens with a rich history. …

The Real Treasure Island

Robinson Crusoe in Ocracoke and Hampton Roads? The Author of "Treasure Island: The Untold Story", John Amrhein, reveals to the Norfolk Historical Society audience that the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Norfolk…

First Female Boxing Coach in U.S. Olympic History - News story

Meet Gloria Peek, Norfolk Virginia's Parks and Rec boxing coach who made it to the coaching staff of the 2012 Olympic Games in Britain. Here are her thoughts on being a the world's first female boxing coach to coach …

First Female Boxing Coach in U.S. Olympic History - interview

Meet Gloria Peek. She's the City of Norfolk, VA's Parks and Rec boxing coach. Here she is fresh from the 2012 Olympics in Britain where she became the first female boxing coach to coach men and women in the internati…

Norfolk's Museum Age

Melanie Mathewes, Director of the Hermitage Foundation Museum, talking about "Florence K. Sloane & Norfolk's Museum Age." Mrs. Sloane brought her own collection to Norfolk when she moved here in the early …

World War Two (WWII) through photographs - Norfolk Historical Society

Norfolk native and Architect Brad Tazwell presents a brief overview of WWII and it's impact on Hampton Roads/Norfolk. This presentation was captured by Norfolk's Neighborhood Network in May of 2012. Please sh…

Freemasons in Virginia - War of 1812 - Fort Norfolk Historic

Grand Masters, Cranes, Fleets and Warriors
Masons and the War of 1812 - a presentation of the Norfolk Historical Society…

Norfolk's Newspapers past and present - Norfolk Perspectives with Bob Batcher

The Virginian Pilot and the New Journal and Guide leadership discuss newspaper history and role in society

History and Beauty of Nature at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

An original creation of the Great Depression era Works Progress Administration, the Norfolk Botanical Garden is a site to experience with all senses. Fun for the kids and biking is a breeze…

Women Built This Botanical Garden In Norfolk, VA

Meet Mary Elizabeth Ferguson who along with others like her, built a huge botanical garden during the great depression in America. …

Virginia's First Light Rail Line Opening Day - MASSIVE CROWDS IN NORFOLK VA

Light Rail - A historical recap of the rise of The Tide

Virginia's first light rail mass transit train system as documented by the City of Norfolk, VA government cable channel, Norfolk's Neighborhood Network…

An 1843 copy of The Declaration of Independence in Norfolk VA

Just a hangin' on the wall at Fort Norfolk until Norfolk's City Historian did some research and discovered this document dates back to 1843 and is very rare! Efforts are being made to conserve it now.

MacArthur Memorial grand re-opening

The City of Norfolk and the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation opened up the brand new MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center in October of 2012.…

A Photographic History of Norfolk, Virginia

Home of the world's largest naval base and where life is celebrated daily. You'll be amazed at all the history built into this nearly 300 year old city on the Chesapeake Bay in the VA.

Vietnam exhibit - "Marking Time" in Norfolk, VA

A fascinating historical document about what the soldiers drew on the bottom of their bunks while steaming to Vietnam to go to war. Historian Art Beltrone, walks you through this little know aspect of the Vietnam War…

History of Ocean View - on the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia

Join City Historian Peggy McPhillips, host Bob Batcher and the staff of the Ocean View Museum in a walk through the past of the city by the sea in Norfolk, VA. Located inside the Mary D. Pretlow library, the museum…

Historic Core Mausoleum Restored in Norfolk VA

A SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF NORFOLK'S CIVIL WAR HISTORY THAT WAS RUINED... HAS BEEN RESTORED.…

 

Fire and Police Museum in Norfolk - an arresting new development

THE DEPARTMENT WAS OFFICIALLY STARTED IN 1871, BUT HAS HISTORY THAT GOES BACK EVEN BEFORE THAT. RIGHT NOW EXHIBITS FROM THAT HISTORY ARE DISPLAYED AT THE FIRE TRAINING C…

Hampton Roads Naval Museum, a Norfolk Virginia Nautical Treasure

THE HAMPTON ROADS NAVAL MUSEUM HAS TAKEN ITS PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS ELITE MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS. IN DECEMBER, IT RECEIVED FULL ACCREDITATION FROM THE AMERI…

Opsail 2012 in Norfolk, VA - News Update

From June 1 -12, 2012, the Port of Virginia will once again host an impressive fleet of tall ships, navy and military war ships representing the world.…

Tuskegee Airmen visit Norfolk Juvenile Detention

AMERICA'S FIRST BLACK MILITARY AIRMEN, THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN FLEW OVER 15,000 COMBAT MISSIONS IN WWII.…

Interview with the quilters of Gees Bend, visit Norfolk, VA

One of the poorest locations in the U.S., the residents of Gees Bend survived to create quilts of art seen at Norfolk's Chrysler Museum of Art. Produced in 2004…

Massive Resistance at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk

THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM RECENTLY OPENED ITS NEWEST EXHIBIT.
ITS CALLED 50 YEARS LATER: THE LESSONS OF MASSIVE RESISTANCE.. PICTURES, NEWS ARTICL…

Massive Resistance in Norfolk - Civil Rights Norfolk 17

IT HAS BEEN FIFTY YEARS SINCE GOVERNOR LINDSAY ALMOND ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CLOSING SIX ALL - WHITE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN NORFOLK. THE WHITES-ONLY POLICY WAS ORCHES…

It Took 50 Years to Graduate this (Lost) Class from High School

NEARLY 100 FORMER PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO DID NOT GET DIPLOMAS DURING THE CROSSFIRE OF VIRGINIA'S DESEGREGATION BATTLE RECEIVED HONORARY DIPLOMAS RECENTLY.…

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine about Civil Rights in Norfolk

IN 1959 ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED IN NORFOLK, VA IN RESISTANCE TO SEGREGATION. THE RESULT WAS THE LOST CLASS OF 1959 AND THE NORFOLK 17.…