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The Beacon Newsletter



  • Casemate Museum News (10/27/2014) - Visits and Events Spring and summer saw excellent visitation as well as increased volunteer hours at the Casemate Museum. The Museum collaborated with partner organizations on a number of public programs, including a Commemoration of the 153rd Anniversary of the Contraband Decision, an Educator Symposium on the War of 1812 and an “Artillery School of […]
  • Lafayette’s visit to Fort Monroe in 1824
    as Guest of the Nation
    (10/24/2014) - By Robert Kelly, Casemate Museum Historian In 1824, President James Monroe, the last of the founding-father presidents, invited Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving general of the Revolutionary War, to visit the United States, as an official “Guest of the Nation.” Forty-eight years had passed since the signing of the Declaration of Independence and 43 since the […]
  • The Waterfront Park Project and 7 Mile Trail (10/24/2014) - The Fort Monroe Authority has selected the design team for the Waterfront Park and negotiated a fee of approximately $100,000. The Foundation has secured two pledges of $50,000 and the design team will soon meet with the Fort Monroe Authority staff to begin the design process. The conceptual design will be completed in 2015 and will include a […]
  • Sisterhood on the Fort:
    Social Enjoyment and Civic Engagement
    (10/24/2014) - This past summer the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast approached the Casemate Museum with a proposal for a temporary exhibit to tell the story of Girl Scouting at Fort Monroe. Girl scouting began at Fort Monroe in 1926 and the Post provided them space within a Casemate for their meeting room. Throughout their history, […]
  • Message from the Executive Director (10/24/2014) - Many great things happened at Fort Monroe over the spring and summer and we are looking forward to an exciting fall and winter. There has been an increase in visitor traffic this year and it is in large part due to a wide array of special events that have become very popular with the public. […]
  • Day of Service at Fort Monroe (10/24/2014) - Joan Baker, Human Resources Manager at Fort Monroe Authority, worked with Tracy King from the Church of the Latter Day Saints to organize a “Day of Service” at Fort Monroe. The Church brought 145 volunteers to the property and, if you counted all of the children, the total number exceeded 200 participants. Their assignment was to remove the […]
  • New Businesses Coming to Fort Monroe (10/24/2014) - Alternatives, Inc., which has signed a 10-year lease with the Fort Monroe Authority, occupies approximately 5,800 square feet in Building 263. The company’s programs and services are focused on increasing the creativity and civic leadership of young people. Goals include building youthful self-confidence, social competency, critical thinking and an appreciation of diversity in cultures and […]
  • American Great:
    Booker T. Washington at Fort Monroe
    (10/24/2014) - In the fall of 1872, a 16-year-old African American with little more than the tattered clothes on his back arrived in Hampton, Virginia, hoping to enroll in Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, now Hampton University. Initially turned away, he would become Hampton’s most famous graduate. Born a slave in Hale’s Ford, Virginia, Booker T. Washington […]