MOM Members Take May Field Trip to the LUNA

Members of the Museums of Middlesex (MOM) group took a ‘field trip” to visit new member Colonial Seaport Foundation’s (CSF) “Luna Project” worksite near Deltaville during our monthly May 2019 meeting.
 
Pictured here, MOM members hold a scale drawing of the “Luna,” the 1800’s replica trading sloop being built in the background.
 
The group is looking at ways to make the project site part of its countywide Visitors Center system.
 
Members of MOM are, from left to right: Diane Gravatt-Urbanna Mayor, Marilyn South representing the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society, Jacque Collamore representing the Colonial Seaport Foundation and Joyce Allan, Chair of the Urbanna Museum Committee.
 
Photograph by Bill Powell of the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

Maryland Man Wins First Prize in Scavenger Hunt

In a drawing held Wednesday, May 1 at the monthly meeting of the Museums of Middlesex (MOM) group, the three winners of the 2019 Scavenger Hunt – where participants chased history throughout Middlesex County – were selected in a drawing.

Ben Wheely of Maryland won the $100 first place price. Second place went to Ray Rose of Middlesex and third place to Cameron DeVries of Urbanna.

“It was a lot of fun even regardless of the money,” said Wheely. “I really appreciate the chance to learn more about relatively local history.”

To qualify for the drawing, winners had to participate in the Scavenger Hunt which, thanks to an app on their phones, led them to the original three MOM museums, exploring more than 350 years of history and on 30 different tasks.

MOM, which now includes a fourth museum as a member, is currently focusing on promoting the historical aspects of the county, with an ultimate goal to also increase awareness of Middlesex as a destination for outdoor recreation, lodging, dining and relaxation on the water.

The three founding museums of MOM include the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society in Saluda, the Urbanna Museum and the Deltaville Maritime Museum. The newest member of the group is the Colonial Seaport Foundation working off Providence Road in Deltaville on the “Luna Project,” construction of a replica of an 1800s trading sloop.

 

Museums of Middlesex Produces Film on Middlesex Decorated Veterans Film Premiers at Christ Church Veterans Luncheon

The Museums of Middlesex (MOM) has completed the filming and editing of interviews with Middlesex County’s decorated military veterans (and family members) – Raymond W. Burrell and Norton Hurd and daughter of Beryl Newman. The filming, interviews and production were made possible by MOM’s successful grant application to, and funding from, the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

The premier of this film, “Homegrown Heroes: Stories of Middlesex Counties Greatest Generation” was part of the Friday, Nov 9 Veterans Luncheon program hosted by Christ Church. In only its second year, the luncheon was sold out with more than 100 veterans and guests attending.

The Museums of Middlesex (MOM) was formed in 2015 as an umbrella organization to link the three Middlesex County museums together for the purpose of promoting tourism in Middlesex.

The three partnering museums are the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society in Saluda, the Urbanna Museum in Urbanna and the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park in Deltaville.

MOM works closely with Middlesex County Tourism and Director Michelle Brown is a member.

The veterans film is just one of the projects MOM is pursuing in its ongoing mission to promote the three Middlesex Museums, Middlesex  Visitors Centers and our rich 350 years of history.

The short film and its accompanying five hours of in depth interviews by Tom Chillemi and Larry Chowning will be available to be viewed in the libraries and archives of the three museums during open hours.

Click here to read more about the veterans profiled and watch the film.

The film was produced by Stephanie Heinatz of  Consociate Media and filmed and edited by Bruce Nelson.

Homegrown Heroes: Stories of Middlesex County’s Greatest Generation

The Museums of Middlesex (MOM) 2018 film – Homegrown Heroes: Stories of Middlesex County’s Greatest Generation – profiles Middlesex County decorated veterans Raymond W. Burrell and Norton Hurd and family members of Beryl Newman. The filming, interviews and production were made possible by MOM’s successful grant application to, and funding from, the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

The Museums of Middlesex was formed in 2015 as an umbrella organization to link the three county museums for the purpose of promoting tourism in Middlesex. The three partnering museums are the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society in Saluda, Urbanna Museum, and Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park. MOM works closely with the Middlesex County Tourism Department, and its director, Michelle Brown.

This veteran film is just one of the projects MOM pursued in its ongoing mission, using grants, to promote the county’s rich 350 years of history.

Five hours of in-depth interviews were conducted to produce this short film. Southside Sentinel reporters Tom Chillemi and Larry Chowning assisted.

The decorated veterans in the film are:

• Private Raymond W. Burrell Sr. — During WWII, Raymond Burrell served with the famous 761st Tank Battalion, known as the “Black Panthers,” composed entirely of African American men. On November 4, 1944, General Patton sent the 761st on a deployment of 183 days of continual fighting in very harsh weather. The 761st was outstanding, causing thousands of enemy casualties, capturing or aiding in liberating over 30 major towns, aiding in capturing/ destroying 4 airfields, 3 supply dumps, 461 wheeled vehicles, 34 tanks, 131 large guns and a radio station. In 1978 President Carter awarded the 761st the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism.

• Captain Beryl Richard “Dick” Newman (deceased) — Beryl Newman served in the 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division of the US Army. Near Cisterna, Italy, on May 26, 1944, Newman single-handedly advanced on two German machine gun nests, destroying three enemy machine gun nests, killing two Germans, wounding two and taking 11 prisoners. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by General Order #5 on January 15, 1945. He is buried in Remlik, Middlesex County.

• Lieutenant Norton Hurd — Norton Hurd was a member of the “Hell Razors” headed to Guam in the legendary aircraft carrier “Wasp.” He flew in the first group of Navy planes to bomb Tokyo. Near Chi-Chi Jima, Lieutenant Hurd’s engine failed after a battle with a Japanese fighter, which he shot down. His plane crashed into the Pacific. As his plane began to sink, he went into the water with only a life preserver and a whistle. Lieutenant Hurd was finally rescued and returned to the Wasp. Lieutenant Hurd was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is given to those who demonstrate heroism.