Historic Preservation Commission Announces Five 2020 Research Grant Awards

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

​The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission has announced five 2020 grant awards for research projects that will provide additional scholarship in a variety of subject areas for Virginia Beach history. The five grants total $9,400 and were made to support these projects:

  • Research papers on:
    • Naval activities in and around Princess Anne County during the American Revolution
    • Militia and military activities in Princess Anne County during the War of 1812
      • Study will include a section of research on the origins and history of the Pleasure House, which was burned during the war
    • Origins and history of the Seatack community and a traveling photograph exhibit
    • African American businesses in Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach 1900 - 1970
  • Video production of oral history interviews of LGBT history in Virginia Beach, accessible via the internet

The Commission initiated the research grant program in 2016 to encourage scholarship about persons, places and events that are significant to the city's history. Prior to this year, it has funded seven research papers, seven state historical highway markers, two interpretive sign panels, two oral history projects, one website development and one project to develop learning plans for local elementary school students. These projects have been completed or are nearing completion.

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises Council on issues related to historic preservation. It seeks to preserve, protect and maintain the historic integrity of Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne County through a program of advocacy and increased public awareness and involvement. The commission generally meets the first Wednesday evening of the month, except July and August, at 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500. Please visit www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation for additional information about the Historic Preservation Commission and its research grant program.

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