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The Ocean View Station Museum is located inside the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library.


African-American Genealogy

Sargeant Memorial Collection (SMC) Classes

Explore Your Family’s History with FREE Classes! NPL is home to the Sargeant Memorial Collection (SMC)—one of Virginia’s finest local history and genealogy collections. Whether you’re a local history buff or genealogy novice, our highly-trained staff is ready to assist you with your research needs!

The class is divided into two sections: part one focuses on print resources with suggestions for conducting research; and part two highlights online resources.  


Limited to 20 people. Registration is required. Contact localhistory@norfolk.gov or (757) 664-7485.

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