Hampton History Museum Presents 'Cheyne Fotografer- A Warm & Vital Record of a Time and Place,' a 400th Anniversary Signature Exhibit

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Highlighting photography from C. Ethelbert Cheyne and son W.E. “Happy” Cheyne (dating 1894 through the 1960s), this highly anticipated retrospective showcase works from two of Hampton, Virginia's premier recorders of citizenry and downtown scenes.

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Happy' Cheyne carried on his father's tradition into the 1960s. The Cheynes' well-framed street scenes and captivating personal portraits help bring to life the best of Hampton's

The Hampton History Museum, located in scenic downtown Hampton, Virginia is currently exhibiting Cheyne Fotografer- A Warm & Vital Record of a Time and Place in honor of Hampton’s 400th Anniversary. Highlighting photography from C. Ethelbert Cheyne and son W.E. “Happy” Cheyne (dating 1894 through the 1960s), this highly anticipated retrospective showcase works from two of Hampton’s premier recorders of citizenry and downtown scenes.

In 1894, Christopher Ethelbert Cheyne, a trained portrait painter, relocated to Hampton, Virginia from Cincinnati, Ohio. It is in Hampton where he began using photography to capture the heart and character of residents. After Ethelbert’s death in 1943, W.E. “Happy’ Cheyne carried on his father’s tradition into the 1960s. The Cheynes' well-framed street scenes and captivating personal portraits help bring to life the best of Hampton’s "Crabtown” era of prosperity.

Cheyne Fotografer- A Warm & Vital Record of a Time and Place is free with regular museum admission ($5.00 seniors; $4 for seniors, active military, active NASA, AAA, and children 4-12; Free children 4 and under). The exhibit runs through March 15, 2011.

For more information on Cheyne Fotografer- A Warm & Vital Record of a Time and Place and other Hampton History Museum events and exhibitions, dial 757/727-1610.

Cheyne Fotografer- A Warm & Vital Record of a Time and Place
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
757/727-1610
Free with regular museum admission ($5.00 seniors; $4 for seniors, active military, active NASA, AAA, and children 4-12; Free children 4 and under)
Through March 15, 2011

Hampton, Virginia, the oldest continuous English speaking settlement in North America, celebrates four centuries of history in 2010. We invite you to “Explore Old Worlds, New Worlds, Our World.” The Explore Hampton 2010 committee consists of Hampton citizens and representatives of businesses, churches, neighborhoods, Hampton University and the City of Hampton. For information on upcoming Explore Hampton initiatives, visit http://www. hampton400.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton Maritime Center, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, and The American Theatre, among others.

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