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Kara Briggs joins the division staff as an architectural historian

Written on: August 25th, 2016 in NewsPreservation

On Aug. 8, 2016, Kara Briggs joined the staff of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office as an architectural historian. She is based at the division’s main office located at 21 The Green in Dover.

Kara Briggs

Kara Briggs

Briggs’ responsibilities at the division include conducting cultural-resource reviews of federally funded or permitted projects for Section 106 compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act for historical and architectural properties; providing coordination services with state designated certified local governments; and oversight of division-held historic-preservation easements including monitoring and enforcement of easement provisions, technical assistance to property owners and negotiation and completion of new easements.

Briggs holds a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy with a concentration in historic preservation from the University of Delaware where she also earned certificates in museum studies and human-subjects training. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Her varied work experience includes service as a consulting architectural historian and projects manager for several private companies; as collections manager and research assistant for the University of Delaware’s Center for Historic Architecture and Design; as an exhibit designer and curator of collections for the Historical Society of Delaware; as collections-management curator for the Andrew Low House in Savannah, Ga.; and as site supervisor for the division’s John Dickinson Plantation where she worked from 2001 to 2002. Briggs is the author of “Images of America: Forty Acres” about the Wilmington neighborhood where she lives.

Forty Acres


Division’s exhibit of World War II photographs moves to the Middletown Historical Society

Written on: August 24th, 2016 in ExhibitsNewsVolunteerism

Exhibit features photographs taken by Dover, Del. native William D. Willis from 1943 to 1945.

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Free admission beginning Aug. 31, 2016 for “Lost off Lewes: The British warship DeBraak”

Written on: August 24th, 2016 in ArchaeologyEventsMuseumsNews

Tours explore the surviving hull section of an 18th-century shipwreck.

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Native-American heritage to be spotlighted at division museums during September 2016

Written on: August 17th, 2016 in EventsMuseumsNews

Programs on Delaware’s Lenape and Nanticoke Indian tribes to be featured.

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Division produces rack cards advertising the state’s museums and DeBraak tours

Written on: July 28th, 2016 in EventsExhibitsMuseumsNews

Cards evoke the experiences that visitors can expect when they visit these iconic places in Delaware history.

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Division welcomes three new historic-site interpreters

Written on: July 28th, 2016 in MuseumsNews

New museum employees help bring the people and events of the past to life.

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Division director Tim Slavin earns Certified Facility Manager credential

Written on: July 21st, 2016 in News

Certification awarded by the International Facilities Management Association.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates re-opening of Fort Christina National Historic Landmark

Written on: July 21st, 2016 in EventsHistoric SitesNews

Landmark is situated on the approximate site of the first permanent European settlement in Delaware.

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Delaware General Assembly passes resolution commending the National Historic Preservation Act

Written on: July 19th, 2016 in NewsPreservation

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the act’s passage.

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Division to sponsor 19 special events during August 2016

Written on: July 18th, 2016 in EventsMuseumsNews

History meets sci-fi, vintage classical-recordings and the raid on the John Dickinson Plantation to be featured.

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