For more than a century, many African Americans kept their life stories in the pages of scrapbooks. An age-old tradition, scrapbooks held newspaper clippings, photos, birth announcements and other keepsakes from their lives. To enrich that custom, The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum will present Preserving Memories: The Scrapbooking Tradition on Saturday, April 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Participants will enjoy a brief tour of the museum and discover pieces from scrapbooks made by students at Virginia Beach’s only high school for African Americans during segregation. Small scrapbooks and other materials will be provided for participants to practice scrapbooking techniques. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own newspaper clippings, photos and other cherished keepsakes to personalize their memories.
Admission is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at http://tickets.virginiaaquarium.com under Historic Houses, or at the museum. The program is limited to 30 people.
About the Museum
The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is dedicated to the only African American high school that existed in Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach). The school was open from 1938 until 1969. The museum is located inside the Renaissance Academy at 5100 Cleveland Street. For more information, please contact Shirin Spencer at (757) 648-6006 or visit www.museumsvb.org.
The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum, as well as the Adam Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House and Francis Land House, are owned and operated by the Virginia Beach Department of Museums. The department provides stewardship of the city’s historic resources, as well as programs to educate the community about local history.
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