Portsmouth History Commission

2022 History Commission Members

  • Joseph McClure, Chair
  • Latoya Haight, Vice-Chair
  • Leigh Boardman, Secretary
  • Betty Jo Griffin, Treasurer
  • Danielle Babcheck
  • Gracie Bowers
  • Genoa Everett
  • Lakesha Hicks
  • Regina Humphrey
  • Mary McManus
  • Cindy Nicholls
  • David Somers
  • Melissa Williams


This Commission shall be the official consultant and advisor to the City Government and City Council on all matters pertaining to the city's history. The Commission shall (1) act as an advisor to the City Council and the Department of Market, Museums, and Tourism on matters related to the city's history and heritage, (2) assist and cooperate with public and private groups and agencies in developing, establishing, maintaining, preserving and publicizing places of historical significance, (3) assist and cooperate with the school board of the city in improving the opportunities of students in the city public schools to engage in the study of Portsmouth's history and to develop and appreciation of the city's contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the nation, and (4) accept grants, gifts and appropriations from whatsoever source, and expend funds to increase knowledge concerning the city's history. The Commission is composed of thirteen members who shall be appointed by the City Council.

Meeting Time and Contact

The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5 PM. at the Portsmouth Main Library, 601 Court Street. The Commission does not meet in July and December. For further information call Todd Elliott at 757-393-8365.