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Members Opening for Answering America’s Call

May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

New Exhibition

Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I

During the First World War, Newport News became a crucial military port, transporting men, weapons, and supplies to Europe.

Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I will look at the stories of those individuals who served locally, passed through the port, or lived on the Peninsula and how Newport News answered America’s call to arms.

Members are invited to enjoy a light brunch reception to meet our community partners, partake in family-friendly themed games, talk with curators, and get an up-close look with our Mariners’ Collection Highlight!

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RSVP by May 11

Profiles of Honor

Mobile Tour & Exhibition
Front Lawn

We invite you to bring your own WWI and WWII-related photographs! The Library of Virginia will scan your photos and add them to the Virginia Profiles of Honor project, preserving your images and stories for generations.

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

Huntington Room

Learn more about how to discover your own family history through conversations with some of Hampton Roads’ finest genealogists.

Book Signing and Lecture: Virginians in the Great War

Book Signing 9 AM – Noon
Huntington Room

Lecture 1 PM
Main Lobby

Presented by Author Dr. Lynn Rainville
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Sweet Briar College

Dr. Rainville will explore the role of Virginians in World War I: fighting overseas, gathering supplies and raising funds, planting Victory Gardens, providing medical care, and commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Mariners’ Collection Highlight: Reichsdienstflagge

Huntington Room

Presented by Marc Nucup, Curator

Reichsdienstflagge from the North German Lloyd cargo ship SS Mark. The flag, preserved by Captain Ernst Loewe while imprisoned in the United States, serves as a microcosm of the merchant maritime experience in World War I.

Boy Scout Troop 45

Throughout the Great War, the Boy Scouts played a critical role in collecting supplies for deployed servicemen and women.

Please share in this tradition at the Museum on May 19 by donating items for those serving overseas.

Download the Supply Collection Items list

Special thanks to our exhibition sponsors:

Virginia Health Services logo

Virginia Humanities logo


May 19, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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