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 |2019-04-04T15:42:13-04:00April 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|0 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

Keeping Company With John

We talk to him by name. Bid him good morning, good night, and refer to John in everyday, normal conversation. Some days it's kind of like he's right here with us. Still working at the Station he reported for duty at for 34 years. John Woodhouse Sparrow was a local boy from Princess Anne [...]

By |2019-01-25T17:55:34-04:00January 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The Jennie Hall Rescue

December 21, 1900 The night is cold and dark, and Captain Lawson of the Jennie Hall was tired of his continuing bad luck.. Throughout the trek from Trinidad,  his ship had hit storm after storm.  His crew of seven men, plus one stowaway discovered shortly after leaving port, had battled rough seas to get [...]

By |2019-01-24T13:08:51-04:00January 24th, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

Dresen, Like the Salad

"It's pronounced dress-en, like the salad." Jessica casually puts me at ease during her interview with her simple explanation of how to say her name right. She doesn't know that I've spent the last two weeks interviewing over a dozen candidates for the Assistant Store Manager position. Jessica Dresen established herself as the right [...]

By |2019-01-18T16:27:44-04:00January 18th, 2019|Blog|1 Comment