August 2019

August brings the USLA Championships back to Virginia Beach!

We are thrilled to see so many Surf & Rescue professionals back in town for this amazing competition. We’ll have a Rescue Board on site throughout the event for participants to sign! The signed board will become a permanent part of our Rescue Runs Deep Exhibit.

We are proud the host the USLA’s sponsors and VIP’s on Thursday night for a very special celebration of Lifeguarding and the contributions the United States Lifesaving Association has brought to the Surf & Rescue industry. These events are growing all over the globe, and it’s wonderful to have Virginia Beach front and center this month.

We’ll have great fun on Friday night, August 9th, as we open our doors all the participants and to the public from 5pm to 11pm. The USLA’s major Beach Flags event will be held under the lights this night, right on the beach at 24th Street. Our Rescue Runs Deep celebration will be a wonderful way to share the history of Lifeguarding with today’s modern day competition.

August also means we begin saying our goodbyes to an amazing Summer Intern Staff. This season we’ve had six interns working hard on a number of projects that will be put together for the Fall season and beyond. Two Interns, Alison Nitti and Stephen Davis, have been working on research and design for two major exhibits that we hope to debut this September. You’ll see some big changes happen as we expand both the main gallery and the upper galleries with these installations. So far, we’re keeping the projects top secret, but I’ll share that the USCG is being a big help to us on the main gallery project, and the folks from our Sister City in Moss, Norway, have been helping with the second project. (That should give you some pretty big clues.)

Hunter Sim, on summer break from Virginia Tech, has been translating our exhibit and educational programs into Spanish. She’s also been doing some Spanish speaking commercials for us, that you have many have already seen on our social media. Yannis Ernst, a student from CNU, has been pulling double duty translating exhibits into German, along with researching an exhibit to debut this Winter about the Homefront in Hampton Roads during times of war.

Our Oral History project is growing rapidly due to the work of Intern Parks Schmidt. Parks is a student at Cox High School that has a passion forĀ  interviewing Hampton Roads Veterans. Sharing our resources with Parks has allowed him to use the museum’s video and editing equipment, along with our website and social media platforms to record and document individual stories from Vets all around the area. We are doing these interviews on site, or Parks is now able to visit the Vets at home to conduct interviews on site. It’s an important part of our Save Our Stories campaign. If you are a Veteran and would like to contribute, you can reach our to Parks Schmidt directly at militarycurator@gmail.com.

And I also thank our wonderful corps of hard working volunteers. From being Tour Guides to helping behind the scenes, our Volunteers are the main reason we are able to offer so many wonderful programs and activities throughout the summer.

Summer is flying by, so let’s enjoy August while we can. Labor Day Weekend will be here before we know it!

William