Heroes of Hampton Roads – An Oral History Project

Parks Schmidt with Veteran Randy Ferguson Parks Schmidt loves history. He recently began interviewing Hampton Roads Veterans, gathering their stories and experiences to share with future generations. Knowing that a big part of the museum's Save Our Stories campaign is about supporting our Oral History Project, Parks reached out to Intern with [...]

By |2019-08-06T14:59:43-04:00August 6th, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

Welcome USLA!

Welcome USLA!  It's wonderful to have Virginia Beach hosting the United States Lifesaving Association's  Championship competition for 2019! From Wednesday, August 7th, to Saturday, August 10, Surf & Rescue professionals from around the nation will be competing in a wide range of events. Please join us on Friday, August 9, as we share an [...]

By |2019-08-05T15:36:32-04:00August 5th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Bathing Suit Culture in the 20th Century

As I sit at my desk, I can look out onto the beach and watch as people stroll by on the Boardwalk or set up their chairs on the sand.  Recently as the weather has gotten warmer, I have seen more and more beachgoers sporting bathing suits as they go by.  A few brave [...]

By |2019-05-29T12:54:03-04:00May 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A Tale of Two Centuries

Elaine holds her phone up a moment, goes to the museum’s website, and with a couple of clicks she’s made a donation to our Save Our Stories campaign. The entire process has barely interrupted our conversation. In the time it takes to enjoy a few bites of our lunch, my colleague has explored our [...]

By |2019-04-13T16:10:30-04:00April 13th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments


A mid morning diner counter brings that bit of quiet, inviting conversation. The breakfast crowd gone, the lunch folks have yet to arrive. It’s rare the counter at Mary’s offers this kind of silence. The woman seated beside me offers a warm hello as the server is re-filling both our cups with fresh Joe. [...]

By |2019-04-13T12:19:34-04:00April 13th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A Note About Office Coffee

That intoxicating scent filling the office is the first thing to enjoy. Arriving next are a few moments of genuine friendship as we sit together to share our thoughts for the coming day. Before we speak, we sip; savoring something that is worth taking very Our museum staff knows that I consider the [...]

By |2019-07-30T08:56:30-04:00April 4th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Save Our Stories

This month, the museum launches our Save Our Stories campaign. It’s a wonderful feeling, after all that hard work renovating the building last year, to begin working on expanding our exhibits and outreach. Our first step, is asking you for help. Along with raising funds, the Save Our Stories campaign offers three main elements [...]

By |2019-03-18T10:35:56-04:00March 15th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The Norwegian Lady Ceremony

We invite and encourage everyone to attend the upcoming Norwegian Lady Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, March 23, at 1pm. The ceremony takes place at the Norwegian Lady statue, at 25th Street on the Virginia Beach boardwalk and is free to attend. Supported by the Norwegian Lady Plaza Foundation, the Ladies Auxiliary of [...]

By |2019-03-18T12:16:13-04:00March 15th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

How To Hunt for a Quality Internship

Here at the museum, interns are an integral part of keeping our operation running smoothly.  They do not job shadow; rather, they are given responsibility and encouraged to complete their own projects.  There is always someone around to help out and mentor, but interns are doing real work.  Coffee making is left to those [...]

By |2019-02-22T15:56:24-04:00February 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Local Artist Spotlight: Leah Ann Cotorceanu

Throughout the museum’s gift shop, we have a variety of artwork made by local artists right here in Hampton Roads.  Paintings, jewelry, pottery, and sculptures are just a few of the items you can find on our shelves. One amazing artist we have on display is Leah Cotorceanu.  She mainly displays her jewelry in [...]

By |2019-02-03T14:34:10-04:00February 3rd, 2019|Blog|2 Comments

Hello Again, I’m Abby!

Hello! I am writing today to introduce myself as the new Development Coordinator at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum.  My name is Abby Lockler and I was previously the Nonprofit Management and Fundraising Intern for the museum.  I am excited to be in this new position, helping to grow our historic building [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:56:41-04:00February 1st, 2019|Blog|1 Comment