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Shipwrecks & Ghost Lore: A Virginia Beach Ghost Walk ~ Tuesdays & Fridays @ 7 pm


Exhibits & Special Events

PROGRAM

SHIPWRECKS & GHOST LORE:
A Virginia Beach Ghostwalk

ghost towerMay - October
Tuesday & Friday evenings @ 7:00 pm

Additional dates:
Saturday, October 22 @ 7 pm
Saturday, October 29 @ 7 pm
Monday, October 31 @ 7 pm

or year-round by appointment (2 weeks notice) ~ call 757.422.1587

Evening walking program

Join a costumed interpreter as they bring to life true accounts and local legends of shipwrecks, ghosts, pirates and witches. Tours last 60-90 minutes. Tickets $12 Adult, $5 Child (ages 15 and under). Reservations appreciated. Contact the museum Program Director at 757.422.1587 or send an email.

This program is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Shipwrecks & Ghost Lore Expansion Map
Use this map as a guide to sites related to our tales of the eerie and tragic.

EXHIBIT

THE TEMPEST: Storms, Shipwrecks & Shakespeare

August 16 - October 23, 2016shakespeare

In 1609, the ship "Sea Venture" wrecked near Bermuda on its way to Jamestown. It is believed William Shakespeare was inspired by this event when he wrote "The Tempest". Over the following four centuries, hurricanes and savage storms continued to wreck ships along the coast of Virginia (and vicinity). Accentuated with passages from various plays by Shakespeare describing savage storms and shipwrecks such as "The Tempest", "Twelfth Night", and "The Comedy of Errors", the exhibit chronicles selected wrecks, some famous like the sinking of the Bounty replica in 2012 and others less known.

This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, a statewide celebration of Shakespeare's genius and impact.

This exhibit is made possible by a gift from Fielding Lewis Tyler.

This exhibit is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

EVENT

ANNUAL PIG & OYSTER FEST

Sunday, October 16, 2016
1 - 5 pm
at the Old Coast Guard Station & 24th Street Park

Join us for the best party on the beach and support the museum at our annual fund-raiser.

Tickets on sale now!
$45 Adult
$35 Museum Member & Under 35
$10 Child 6-15

EXHIBIT

BY THE SEASIDE: The Cronk Family at Cape Henry, 1901 - 1903

October 25, 2016 - January 15, 2017cronk

Dr. Corydon Pirnie Cronk was stationed at the US Weather Bureau at Cape Henry, Virginia at the turn of the 20th century. An avid photographer, Dr. Cronk documented life with his family along this remote stretch of coastline from exploring giant sand dunes to walking on the ice-covered ocean.

This exhibit is made possible by a gift from Fielding Lewis Tyler.

This exhibit is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

PROGRAM

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES: MICHAEL TOUGIAS - SO CLOSE TO HOME

November 9, 2016Tougias
7:00 PM

At the MOCA Auditorium, 2200 Parks Avenue, Va Beach, VA 23451

$5 Admission
Free for OCGS Museum Members

Back by popular demand, Michael Tougias, author of "The Finest Hours", returns to talk about his most recent book, "So Close To Home".
 
A hard working blue collar family from Texas was trying to get a break, to build a nest egg for their growing children in the lean post-Depression years when they decided to move to South America for a  job opportunity in 1941. But when war broke out they unknowingly entered the crosshairs of an ugly battle taking place right off America's shores, sailing into the path of a German U-boat that was on a killing spree through unprotected waters near major port cities. A heartbreaking true story, So Close to Home takes you into both the struggle to get ahead as experienced by the Downs family and the U-boats' race against the American war machine. Neither won.

EXHIBIT

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE COAST GUARD

January 17, 2017 - February 28, 2017Radioman

A pictorial exhibit honoring the history of the lives and service of African- Americans in the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor organizations.

 



*   All exhibits, programs and events take place at the Old Coast Guard Station Museum (2401 Atlantic Ave., Va. Beach) unless otherwise noted.


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