WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II: Conversations and Commemoration

NEXT Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Presented by the Isle of Wight County Museum

Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum
Profiles of Honor, mobile interactive museum

The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly to plan, develop and carry out programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. Communities across the Commonwealth are participating and recognizing their veterans and the local effects of these catastrophic events.

The Isle of Wight County Museum, to commemorate the events of both world wars and their impact on Isle of Wight County, will honor local veterans and feature lectures, living historians, stories, document preservation and the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission’s Profiles of Honor Tour, a mobile interactive museum.

Throughout the day, visitors can meet a World War I Doughnut Girl, hear one of FDR’s Fireside Chats, visit the statewide traveling museum which will be parked just outside the museum or enjoy these lectures and events:

ollie king rescue
Ollie King of Rescue, VA, WWI

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE:
9:30 a.m. Tour of Ivy Hill Cemetery Featuring Veterans, 451 N. Church Street
Kathy Mountjoy

10:15 a.m. Flash Course: World War I in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

10:45 a.m. Flash Course: World War II in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

11 a.m. Airship ROMA
Nancy E. Sheppard, author of The Airship ROMA Disaster in Hampton Roads

11 a.m. Tour of Ivy Hill Cemetery Featuring Veterans, 451 N. Church Street
Kathy Mountjoy

Noon. Women in War
Tracey Neikirk, Curator

12:30 p.m. Flash Course: World War I in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

12:45 p.m. Flash Course: World War II in 10 Minutes
Howard Meissel

1:30 p.m. World War I and World War II Film Forum
Mike Holtzclaw of the Daily Press shares clips and trivia about classic war movies

Please visit the museum for this moving event. Admission is free for the day.


Visit the museum’s website (www.historicisleofwight.com) beginning October 13 to view an online exhibit of residents and families who served during both wars. Visitors may also bring photographs, journals and other ephemera the day of the event for inclusion on our website and as part of the Library of Virginia’s archives. Items will be scanned and returned the same day.


The Isle of Wight County Museum is located at 103 Main Street in downtown Smithfield.  757.356.1223

Featured image on this blog: Sergeant Jack Finley of Smithfield who drove for the Red Ball Express, 1944. Photo is from Mr. Finley’s collection.

Make a day of it in Smithfield and join us for Town & Country Day. Visit GenuineSmithfieldVA.com for a list of all the day’s events.