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The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Departm

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Today marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the shortest daylight, and longest night. ❄️The...
12/21/2023

Today marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the shortest daylight, and longest night. ❄️

There are a few more chances to take a FREE tour of the historic Thoroughgood House before the end of the year. The house is open today, as well as Dec. 28-31, for tours, so bring the whole family out for a seasonal stroll.

Book your free tickets now at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

Due to upcoming holidays, the PACTS/UKHS Museum will be closed Dec. 23 and 30, while the Thoroughgood House will be clos...
12/19/2023

Due to upcoming holidays, the PACTS/UKHS Museum will be closed Dec. 23 and 30, while the Thoroughgood House will be closed Dec. 22-24.

Both sites will also be closed the entire month of January 2024 for staff training.

We hope you and your families have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

🚨UPDATE: in anticipation of high winds and heavy rain in the evening, tomorrow's (Sunday, Dec. 17) Yuletide Wassailing &...
12/16/2023

🚨UPDATE: in anticipation of high winds and heavy rain in the evening, tomorrow's (Sunday, Dec. 17) Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder tours at the Thoroughgood House will now conclude at 3 p.m.

Please continue to follow us on social media and our website, vbmuseums.org, for the latest information.

Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder tours start tomorrow at the Thoroughgood House! Join us from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday a...
12/15/2023

Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder tours start tomorrow at the Thoroughgood House! Join us from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, for the return of a historical holiday favorite. 🎄🎼

Tickets are available online at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events. Don't forget to use promo code YULETIDE at checkout for $1 off each of your tickets! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Live holiday music from The Doorway Singers and Itinerant Band will fill the grounds and gardens with holiday spirit. Mulled wine from Copper Coupe, and a variety of ales from Three Notch'd Brewing Company, will be available for purchase (for those 21+), provided by the Friends of the Virginia Beach Historic Houses.

Join us tomorrow, Dec. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a FREE virtual lunch and learn discussion with Norfolk State Unive...
12/13/2023

Join us tomorrow, Dec. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a FREE virtual lunch and learn discussion with Norfolk State University! 💻

As we close out the year, we look at Black Resistance as expressed and experienced through art, performance, and culture.

Moderated by celebrated author, historian, and Norfolk State University Endowed Professor of Virginia Black History and Culture, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, the program will feature guest speakers Christy Frederick, from fashion design, and Anthony Stockard, from performing arts.

Capping the 2023 season with the arts points us to the new year, as 2024’s national Black History theme is Arts & Culture, so we are gearing up for a full year ahead of Black Arts, Culture and Performance!

Register via Zoom at https://nsu-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oL_ol2W8SGSr0VAgxTe7Zg?fbclid=IwAR3-1G6EYCrwM64NuioCgqMo5xTy0ojRjzkm__pcZ_gFRZoL-o4Ila0m8EE #/registration.

Putting together the finishing holiday touches at the Thoroughgood House for this weekend's Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder...
12/12/2023

Putting together the finishing holiday touches at the Thoroughgood House for this weekend's Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder tours. 🎄

Celebrate the season with us this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, for an afternoon of historical holiday traditions, including refreshments, house tours and music provided by The Doorway Singers and Itinerant Band. Tours run from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

Warm mulled wine, crafted by Copper Coupe, will also be available for purchase for adults 21+ thanks to the Friends of the Virginia Beach Historic Houses.

Use promo code YULETIDE for $1 off each of your tickets. Get tickets now at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

Join us for our final episode of the 2023 Black History panels! As we close out the year, we look at Black Resistance as...
12/07/2023

Join us for our final episode of the 2023 Black History panels! As we close out the year, we look at Black Resistance as expressed and experienced through art, performance, and culture.

Moderated by celebrated author, historian, and Norfolk State University Endowed Professor of Virginia Black History and Culture, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, the program will feature guest speakers Christy Frederick, from fashion design, and Anthony Stockard, from performing arts.

Capping the 2023 season with the arts points us to the new year, as 2024’s national Black History theme is Arts & Culture, so we are gearing up for a full year ahead of Black Art, Performance and Culture!

Don’t miss this lunch & learn opportunity! Register for FREE at https://nsu-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oL_ol2W8SGSr0VAgxTe7Zg?fbclid=IwAR03K-b-biPfv9_ArddH2PX8N2q2OH-kko4U_Jhg8CTdtaFLnb-CmH7c2ds #/registration.



Norfolk State University Virginia Beach Arts

Thank you ViBe Creative District for sharing our upcoming Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder events!Get your tickets now for t...
12/07/2023

Thank you ViBe Creative District for sharing our upcoming Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder events!

Get your tickets now for this historical holiday celebration at https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events. Events run from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17.

Virginia Beach History Museums are hosting Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder events this month!

12/06/2023

Help us spread the word about the ’s next drive-thru food distribution on Tuesday, December 12, from 10am to 2pm at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. We look forward to partnering with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore again before the busy holiday season!

Remember:
• Guests will be directed to enter via Dam Neck Road.
• Please come with your trunk empty.
• Put your car in park at each stopping point and end all phone calls.
• Once you have pulled up to the loading station, please remain in your vehicle.
• The distribution will go until 2pm or until food runs out, whichever comes first.

Can’t make it? Be sure to use the Foodbank’s online partner agency directory or find a distribution near you. https://foodbankonline.org/directory/

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday tr...
12/06/2023

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday traditions.

Saturday, Dec. 16 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/113
Sunday, Dec. 17 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/588

The house and grounds come alive with the sounds of live instrumental music by members of the Itinerant Band, while costumed guides share stories of the decor, traditions, food and festivities of 18th century coastal Virginia.

Enjoy historic and timeless carols by the yule fire with the Doorway Singers, or stop by the food demonstration and make a cinnamon ornament, while grabbing a hot drink and some sweets. Don’t forget to write your wishes to burn on the Yule logs before you head home!

Warm Wassail and Pleasure House Mulled Ale, provided by the Friends of Virginia Beach Historic Houses, will be available for purchase at the event for those 21 and older.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 11+, $7 for children 2-10, free for children younger than 2, and are now available for purchase on the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department’s ticketing website https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.



The Doorway Singers
Friends of the Virginia Beach Historic Houses

We’ve got one more O Christmas Tea seating, today! Join us at 2 p.m. at the Lynnhaven House for the return of a tea-riff...
12/02/2023

We’ve got one more O Christmas Tea seating, today! Join us at 2 p.m. at the Lynnhaven House for the return of a tea-riffic historical holiday favorite! ☕️ 🎄

Event features live holiday music from The Doorway Singers.

Get tickets at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events, or at the door.

Looking for a tea-riffic holiday event for the whole family? Come to the historic Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, and celebrate the season at “O Christmas Tea.”

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

11 a.m. seating: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/102/105
2 p.m. seating: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/102/106

Dickens meets Downton Abbey in this classic, late 19th century holiday tea. Enjoy a specially curated selection of traditional Victorian teas, a menu of tasty treats and a variety of holiday melodies!

“O Christmas Tea” will take place in the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center. Two seatings of 50 guests each are available (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased online in advance.

Kick off your holiday season at the Virginia Beach History Museums!O Christmas Tea ☕️ Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.Lynnha...
12/01/2023

Kick off your holiday season at the Virginia Beach History Museums!

O Christmas Tea ☕️
Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center

Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder Tours 🎄
Dec. 16-17 from noon-5 p.m. each day
Thoroughgood House

Get tickets now at culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

While you're sipping on tea, and enjoying some sandwiches and sweets, enjoy the holiday sounds of The Doorway Singers th...
11/30/2023

While you're sipping on tea, and enjoying some sandwiches and sweets, enjoy the holiday sounds of The Doorway Singers this Saturday, Dec. 2, at our O Christmas Tea events!

Tea times are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A few tickets are still available at https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

11/30/2023

Looking for a tea-riffic holiday event for the whole family? 🫖 Come to the historic Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, and celebrate the season at “O Christmas Tea.” 🌲 Visit Virginia Beach History Museums for more info!

This story begins before the settlement of Jamestown, in the year 1585. The English attempted a permanent colony on Roan...
11/30/2023

This story begins before the settlement of Jamestown, in the year 1585. The English attempted a permanent colony on Roanoke Island (near modern-day Outer Banks). During their exploration, they came up into Virginia and met the Chesapeake Native Americans before returning to Roanoke.

This settlement, however, failed. A second attempt was made in 1587, but the fate of this settlement remains a mystery even to this day. But as early as 1607, there is speculation that the Lost Colony made their way to the Chesapeake Bay area and interacted with the Chesapeake Native Americans.

We mention this because the tribes in this area were closely related to the Chesapeake —not in blood but in language, culture, and trade. In this area, there is a total of three known villages for the Chesapeakes: Skicoke (Si-coke-kee), Apasus, and Chesepioc. The main village was Skicoke which was in modern-day Norfolk, but no exact location is known.

The other two were in modern-day Virginia Beach, with Chesepioc being in the Great Neck/Shore Drive area of Virginia Beach and Apasus relatively being in the area we are standing/sitting right now. Apasus was a relatively large village; there were an estimated 3,000 people living there. Woodland Native American culture had similarities throughout the numerous tribes that encompassed the Woodlands, though not a monoculture.

Image: de Bry map showing the village of Apasus

Putting the final touches together before our first holiday event of the season, O Christmas Tea, at the Lynnhaven Colon...
11/29/2023

Putting the final touches together before our first holiday event of the season, O Christmas Tea, at the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center! 🎄☕

Only a few tickets are left. Get yours before they're gone at https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events. Tea times are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 2.

🚨Very few tickets remain for the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. O Christmas Tea events this Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Lynnhaven Colon...
11/28/2023

🚨Very few tickets remain for the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. O Christmas Tea events this Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center!

Purchase your tickets online for this special holiday program at https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

The Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation was formed in 2013 to enhance the City-owned historic houses and sites by ...
11/28/2023

The Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation was formed in 2013 to enhance the City-owned historic houses and sites by providing funding for historic artifacts and education programs and promoting public awareness of Virginia Beach history.

The Virginia Beach Historic Houses are cultural assets that are valued and supported by the community. The foundation’s board of trustees are committed to historic architecture, authentic collections, inspiring landscapes, and stimulating program experiences for all audiences, and to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and accreditation.

Learn more about how you can support the foundation at vbmuseums.org/foundation.

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday tr...
11/27/2023

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday traditions.

Saturday, Dec. 16 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/113
Sunday, Dec. 17 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/588

The house and grounds come alive with the sounds of live instrumental music by members of the Itinerant Band, while costumed guides share stories of the decor, traditions, food and festivities of 18th century coastal Virginia.

Enjoy historic and timeless carols by the yule fire with The Doorway Singers, or stop by the food demonstration and make a cinnamon ornament, while grabbing a hot drink and some sweets. Don’t forget to write your wishes to burn on the Yule logs before you head home!

Warm Wassail and Pleasure House Mulled Ale, provided by the Friends of Virginia Beach Historic Houses, will be available for purchase at the event for those 21 and older.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 11+, $7 for children 2-10, free for children younger than 2, and are now available for purchase on the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department’s ticketing website https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

Your ticket will be good for the duration of the event, so you can come at any time during event hours. House tours will run every 45 minutes, but music and refreshments will be available throughout the event. Feel free to walk around the grounds, or take a seat and relax on the house grounds.

Looking for a tea-riffic holiday event for the whole family? Come to the historic Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, a...
11/27/2023

Looking for a tea-riffic holiday event for the whole family? Come to the historic Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, and celebrate the season at “O Christmas Tea.”

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

11 a.m. seating: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/102/105
2 p.m. seating: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/102/106

Dickens meets Downton Abbey in this classic, late 19th century holiday tea. Enjoy a specially curated selection of traditional Victorian teas, a menu of tasty treats and a variety of holiday melodies!

“O Christmas Tea” will take place in the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center. Two seatings of 50 guests each are available (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased online in advance.

11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving, VB! 🦃 We wish you a wonderful day filled with warmth and gratitude with your family and friends. 🥧

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday tr...
11/21/2023

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday traditions at "Yuletide Wassailing & Wonder."

Saturday, Dec. 16 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/113

Sunday, Dec. 17 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/588

The house and grounds come alive with the sounds of live instrumental music by members of the Itinerant Band, while costumed guides share stories of the decor, traditions, food and festivities of 18th century coastal Virginia.

Enjoy historic and timeless carols by the yule fire with the Doorway Singers, or stop by the food demonstration and make a cinnamon ornament, while grabbing a hot drink and some sweets. Don’t forget to write your wishes to burn on the Yule logs before you head home!

Warm Wassail and Pleasure House Mulled Ale, provided by the Friends of Virginia Beach Historic Houses, will be available for purchase at the event for those 21 and older.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 11+, $7 for children 2-10, free for children younger than 2, and are now available for purchase.

🦃 Thanksgiving Museum Closures-The Thoroughgood House will be CLOSED Nov. 23-24-The Princess Anne County Training School...
11/20/2023

🦃 Thanksgiving Museum Closures

-The Thoroughgood House will be CLOSED Nov. 23-24

-The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum will be CLOSED Nov. 25

Visit vbmuseums.org for the latest tour updates. Email [email protected], or call 757-385-5100, if you have any questions. We hope you and your families have a happy Thanksgiving!

  to our last O Christmas Tea event in 2021. Join us at the Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. f...
11/17/2023

to our last O Christmas Tea event in 2021. Join us at the Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for an all-inclusive holiday event filled with tea, treats and tunes! Live seasonal music will be provided by The Doorway Singers, with Beverly Taylor on dulcimer. 🎄☕

Get tickets now at https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

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11/16/2023

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Join us for an in-depth look at textile conservation. How does a museum preserve a 200-year-old Calamanco Indigo quilt? ...
11/15/2023

Join us for an in-depth look at textile conservation. How does a museum preserve a 200-year-old Calamanco Indigo quilt? How can some of these conservation techniques be applied in a do-it-yourself setting for your precious fabrics like wedding gowns, baby clothes and other cherished heirlooms?

REGISTER FOR FREE AT https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/592/593. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.

Join Annmarie Reiley-Kay, History Museums Director, and Myra Hamlett, Collections and Exhibitions Assistant, as they unveil the storied indigo quilt in its return to the Thoroughgood House collection and learn how you can apply conservation preservation practices to your beloved memorabilia objects at home.

The event will include an opportunity to tour the Thoroughgood House.

While the Education Center is fully wheelchair accessible, parts of the property on the tour are only accessible by stairs due to the historic nature of the architecture. Please call us if you have questions about accessibility options.

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday tr...
11/14/2023

Come celebrate the season at Thoroughgood House by stepping back in time to experience some favorite colonial holiday traditions.

Saturday, Dec. 16 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/113

Sunday, Dec. 17 Noon-5 p.m. Tickets: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/112/588

The house and grounds come alive with the sounds of live instrumental music by members of the Itinerant Band, while costumed guides share stories of the decor, traditions, food and festivities of 18th century coastal Virginia.

Enjoy historic and timeless carols by the yule fire with the Doorway Singers, or stop by the food demonstration and make a cinnamon ornament, while grabbing a hot drink and some sweets. Don’t forget to write your wishes to burn on the Yule logs before you head home!

Warm Wassail and Pleasure House Mulled Ale, provided by the Friends of Virginia Beach Historic Houses, will be available for purchase at the event for those 21 and older.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 11+, $7 for children 2-10, free for children younger than 2, and are now available for purchase.

Care for a spot of tea? Come to the historic Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, and celebrate the holiday season at “O...
11/13/2023

Care for a spot of tea? Come to the historic Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Dec. 2, and celebrate the holiday season at “O Christmas Tea.”

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

11 a.m. seating: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/102/105
2 p.m. seating: https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/102/106

Dickens meets Downton Abbey in this classic, late 19th century holiday tea. Enjoy a specially curated selection of traditional Victorian teas, a menu of tasty treats and a variety of holiday melodies!

“O Christmas Tea” will take place in the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center Two seatings of 50 guests each are available (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased online in advance.

Celebrate Veterans Day with us tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PACTS/UKHS Museum! Refreshments, music by Symphoni...
11/10/2023

Celebrate Veterans Day with us tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PACTS/UKHS Museum! Refreshments, music by Symphonicity and veteran resources will be available. FREE and open to the public.

https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/592/593

Join us for an in-depth look at textile conservation. How does a museum preserve a 200-year-old Calamanco Indigo quilt? ...
11/09/2023

Join us for an in-depth look at textile conservation. How does a museum preserve a 200-year-old Calamanco Indigo quilt? How can some of these conservation techniques be applied in a do-it-yourself setting for your precious fabrics like wedding gowns, baby clothes and other cherished heirlooms?

Nov. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Thoroughgood House

REGISTER FOR FREE AT https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/592/593. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.

Join Annmarie Reiley-Kay, History Museums Director, and Myra Hamlett, Collections and Exhibitions Assistant, as they unveil the storied indigo quilt in its return to the Thoroughgood House collection and learn how you can apply conservation preservation practices to your beloved memorabilia objects at home.

The event will include an opportunity to tour the Thoroughgood House.

While the Education Center is fully wheelchair accessible, parts of the property on the tour are only accessible by stairs due to the historic nature of the architecture. Please call us if you have questions about accessibility options.

Event is FREE, but advanced registration is required. Visit culture.virginiabeach.gov/events to sign up. Call 757-385-5100, or email [email protected], if you have any questions.

Join us at the PACTS/UKHS Museum, 5100 Cleveland Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, for a FREE   cerem...
11/08/2023

Join us at the PACTS/UKHS Museum, 5100 Cleveland Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, for a FREE ceremony. Music, refreshments and veteran resources will be available.

🎟️https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/592/593

In observance of Veterans Day, the Thoroughgood House will be CLOSED on Friday, Nov. 10. The house will be open for tour...
11/08/2023

In observance of Veterans Day, the Thoroughgood House will be CLOSED on Friday, Nov. 10. The house will be open for tours on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Please contact us at 757-385-5100, or email [email protected], if you have any questions.

To learn more about upcoming Virginia Beach History Museums events, please visit https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/events.

The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association, in partnership wit...
11/07/2023

The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, proudly present the 2023 Veterans Day commemoration, “A Veteran’s Story,” in honor of those who have served in the United States military.

REGISTER FOR FREE AT https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/592/593

Guests can tour the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum (PACTS/UKHS), meet school alumni, and connect with local military veterans during this free special event.

This year’s program is headlined by a distinguished keynote speaker, U.S. Air Force Major (Ret.) Earl Johnson, who is now Director of the American Independence Youth Leadership Conference, a panel of distinguished veterans sharing their narratives and opening audience discussion.

Additional special guests, refreshments, and opportunities for veterans to connect with their fellow veterans and learn about available veteran services will be available. Music will be provided by Symphonicity's traveling ensemble.

Event is free and open to the public, and registration is now open online. If you have any questions about this event, or other Virginia Beach History Museums events and tours, please call 757-385-5100 or email [email protected].

https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/virginia-beach-history-museums-to-host-veterans-day-ceremony/

Virginia Beach History Museums is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at in honor of those who served in the United States military.

LTC (Retired) James A. Belin graduated from Union Kempsville High School Class of 1966. After graduation, Belin was draf...
11/06/2023

LTC (Retired) James A. Belin graduated from Union Kempsville High School Class of 1966. After graduation, Belin was drafted with greetings from local board 100 in Virginia Beach. However, as he was in college at Norfolk State University, and a member of the ROTC program, he received a 1D deferment, and commissioned as a 2LT after college. 21 years later, he retired as a LTC.

After retiring from the military, Belin continued his public service, working six years for the City of Virginia Beach and 20 years for the federal government.

Belin credits his teachers at Union Kempsville High School as one of his main inspirations for joining the military.

"Our history instructor taught about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. It was not in our textbooks nor the curriculum, however, he piqued our interest an encouraged additional reading on the service and valor of those brave Airmen, said Belin. "This had much to do with my wanting and desire to serve."

United States Army; Regular Army; Signal Corps
Years of Service: 1971-1992
Overseas assignments: Korea, Japan, Gulf War

Learn about more Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni veteran stories this Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Renaissance Academy for the 2023 Veterans Day Commemoration: "A Veteran's Story." This event is FREE and open to the public. https://culture.virginiabeach.gov/592/593

From all of us at the Virginia Beach History Museums, we hope you have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween! 🎃
10/31/2023

From all of us at the Virginia Beach History Museums, we hope you have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween! 🎃

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