Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend at The Mariners Museum & Park
Weekend commemorates 155 years since Battle of the Ironclads

Newport News - March 4 & 5, 2017

The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. The Battle of Hampton Roads, when the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw, proved the supremacy of iron to wood. One hundred and fifty-five years later, the Museum remembers the Battle with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, living history encampments, special events, and lectures. This year, in addition to the Battle itself, the weekend will focus on minorities in the Civil War.

The USS Monitor met the CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862 for one of the most famous battles in Civil War history. The battle was fought to a draw, but changed the very nature of naval warfare not only in America, but worldwide.

Weekend activities include:

*  Living history encampments and demonstrations
*  Family programming with period games and crafts
*  Local art vendors and blacksmiths
*  Lectures featuring tops about minorities in the Civil War
*  Photo opportunities with Abraham Lincoln
*  Tour the USS Monitor Center's Batten Conservation Complex
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Celebration of the Arts - Children’s Museum of Virginia
Portsmouth - March 11
Young Audience of Virginia celebrates arts-in-education!  Celebration of the Arts is a family fun day filled with dances, musicians, storytellers, magicians and more through the day.
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400th Anniversary of the Death of Pocahontas - Henricus Historical Park
Chester - March 25
This event will commemorate the death of Pocahontas in England on March 21, 1617, and will demonstrate the friendship of the colonists and Powhatan Indians during the winter preceding her death.  Lectures and presentations will focus on Pocahontas’ life as a Virginia Indian and English woman.
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X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - Top Scientists and Inspiring Engineers Speak to Students
Washington, DC - April 28, 2017
X-STEM - presented by the U.S. Department of Defense - is an Extreme STEM Symposium for middle through high school students featuring interactive presentations by leading STEM innovators who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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Henricus: Archaeology Spring Break Camp (ages 8–12) - Henricus Historical Park
Chester - April 10-14
Participate in a week-long archaeological program at Henricus Historical Park.  Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate and excavate sites and the archaeological methods used to create a living history museum.  Help sort, catalogue and clean artifacts found in the area and help us locate the 1611 Henricus fort!  Take a field trip to an active archeological site.
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